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Model Rocket Club, Section #139
Serving Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area
2000 - 2001 and 2003 - 2004 National Championship Section


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The NARHAMS model rocket club serves Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan Area. The club is an official chapter section of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). First established in 1965, NARHAMS is the oldest continuously operating model rocket club in the United States and was named Section of the Year for 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2007. We are also the National Championship section for 2001 and 2004.

Next Launch: May 21, 12:00 pm
Mt. Airy, MD
Theme: Rocket Run event
Next Meeting: Jun 4, 5:30 pm
College Park, MD
Topic: open
If a launch is postponed or cancelled, it will be updated here by 6 pm the day prior. Launch is assumed to be a GO unless otherwise noted.


NARHAMS meets the first Saturday of the month beginning at 5:30 pm at the Hap Arnold Center located at the west end of the College Park Airport. The address is 6709 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD. 20740. We often provide a virtual WebEx connection for the meeting. Virtual invitations are typically emailed out a few days before the meeting. Contact Treasurer Ed Jackson if you would like to attend the virtual session.

Goddard Launches Are Back!

After a 2 year hiatus, our monthly launches at Goddard Visitor Center will resume on June 5! Please visit the Goddard Visitor Center Home Page for any mask or distancing requirements. NARHAMS will not have any special requirements for the outdoor launch activities.

Mt. Airy Launches

Club launches are held on the third Saturday of every month, weather permitting, at Old National Pike Park in Mt. Airy, Maryland. The field can support up to G-powered motors with the appropriate FAA waivers. Launch times vary throughout the year, so be sure to check the Calendar for details. Our launches are always open to non-club members who wish to fly. NARHAMS provides launch controllers and pads with 1/8", 3/16", and 1/4" rods, as well as 1010 and 20mm rails.

The NARHAMS' Rocket Run 2022 will be held on Sat. May 21, 2022 at Old National Pike Park during our normal May Sport Launch. This free fun event is open to the public (i.e., students). The goal is to locate 12 featherweight, tumble recovery model rockets that we will launch at 12:30 p.m. Participants have until 1:00 p.m. to return their found rockets -- and you get to keep the model rocket. Those who find a rocket will also get a "Swag Bag" prize of rocketry and space exploration goodies (decals, NASA calendar, patches, pins, a model rocket kit, and more). For more event details - see our Rocket Run 2022 flyer.

Please do not contact Frederick County Parks with questions about launches. Instead, email questions to any of the following people:
Alex Mankevich
Sarah Jackson
Jim Miers

Directions to Mt. Airy Field

Goddard Launches

NARHAMS also supports the oldest public demonstration launches in the United States. These launches are held on the first Sunday of each month at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, starting at 1 pm. Anyone who wishes to fly at these events may do so. Due to the limited recovery area, the flying of high power models and untested designs is discouraged. The impulse limit at Goddard is D engine or less.

Please note, due to COVID restrictions, the Goddard Visitor Center is closed, and these launches have been suspended. Once the Visitor Center reopens, we will resume launching.

Directions to Goddard

Becoming a Member

If this sounds like fun, why not become a member? Dues are only 10 cents a week, with 50 cents minimum required to join. Download the membership form and send it in today!

Please note that to be eligible to vote at club meetings or to compete as a member of NARHAMS, you must also:
a) be a current member of the NAR
b) attend at least one of the previous 3 monthly business meetings

Mailing List

The NARHAMS mailing list is primarily for NARHAMS members to discuss upcoming events related to the club. Non-club members are free to join in the discussion, but please keep the postings at least somewhat related to model rocketry.

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Additional Information

NARHAMS President
Alex Mankevich

NARHAMS Section Advisor
Jim Miers

National Association of Rocketry
P.O. Box 407
Marion, IA 52302
Sign up for the NAR's electronic newsletter here

Public Launches at Goddard
NASA Goddard Visitor Center