Archive for Daniel Cavender

NSL Kit Design Competiton

Hello fellow ROCKETEERS! We have been talking about building a club kit for years. Now is the time! Starting on November 5th, HARA is kicking off a NSL 2016 rocket kit design competition.

I made this video to tell you about the competition, the rules, and how it will be judged. There will be prizes for the winners. 1st place will also get to name the kit, and be credited on the packaging for the design.

Come to the Kick-Off meeting on November 5th!

Boy Scouts Rocket Academy

New Scouts that sign up in 2015 will receive their very own model rocket courtesy of the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center. All Scouts are invited to attend one of our six exciting Rocket Academies to “Blast Into Scouting”! Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in crafts and stations that will culminate in the launching of their model rocket! The best part about this event is that it is FREE for Scouts who joined in the Fall of 2015 and only $5 for any Scout that wants to attend. Come and join us for this half-day adventure and let your cadet take orbit! You may attend at any location. Event is from 8:30-12:00.

September 19th –

Camp Sequoyah (Anniston) & Camp Jackson (Scottsboro)

September 26th –

Camp Westmoreland (Florence)  & Camp Comer (Mentone)

October 3rd –

Huntsville Space and Rocket Center & Oak Mountain State Park

REGISTER by TEXT! Text blastoff to 24587

Or register online.


July Meeting & Launch Newsletter


July 9th Meeting
HARA’s attendance was a bit larger than average Thursday night as we hosted the Russellville TARC team for some congratulatory snacks and to hear about their experience at the Paris Air Show and the international Rocketry Challenge where they took 1st place. The team members shared their individual storied and answered questions from club members about how they approached TARC and ultimately managed to become the 2015 world champions. Something that stood out was that the team had over 60 launches on their TARC rockets and had very well characterized their rocket and its sensitivity to changes. That work would pay off. Now, their team members are talking about starting an SLI team. Read more

Launch Tomorrow in Manchester (July 11th)

Hello rocket fans! HARA will hold a rocket launch in Manchester TN tomorrow. The range will open at 10 AM. Our waiver will permit flights up to 10,000 ft.

The weather reports show it to be hot (90s) and winds 5 – 10 MPH. There is a 40% chance of T-storms in the early afternoon.

We are not bringing some of our usual launch equipment. Our equipment trailer is not road worthy at the moment. If you have special launch needs, please contact Daniel, the club president at

Next HARA meeting is July 9th

Happy Independence Day!


Southern Thunder 2015

Southern Thunder is the largest rocketry event in the Southeastern United States!  Low, middle, high power enthusiasts and clubs from all over the southeast region will be in attendance. This annual regional launch is co-hosted  by the Music City Missile Club (MC2) and the Huntsville Area Rocketry Association (HARA).
You do not need to be a member of MC2 or HARA to fly and of course spectators are always welcome!  So come join us for the largest launch of the year.  We promise it will be a fun experience for the entire family!

Learn More at the MC2 Website: Southern Thunder 2015

10 Manliest Hobbies on Earth

Men’s Health magazine lists out the 10 manliest hobbies on Earth. Checkout #4. Click the Men’s Health logo to go the the article.




You built model rockets as a kid. It’s time to step up your game. These big model rockets weigh a minimum of 52 pounds, can be upwards of six feet in length, and they require FAA approval before launching! This is the big-league. Visit the National Association of Rocketry ( to initiate your launch sequence.

HARA makes waves at Seven Seas

20150417_182559 On Friday April17th, Vince Hugele, Duane Mayer, Daniel Cavender and Woody Bevill set up an information booth at the Weatherly Heights Elementary School for their spring STEM event.  We had originally planned to launch several A/B powered low power rockets to kick off the event, but Mother Nature had other higher priority plans that forced the launch to get scrubbed. Read more

NASA Hosts Student Rocket Fair, Helps Students Launch High-Power Rockets

20150407_202447More than 30 high school, college and university teams will launch student-built rockets during the 15th annual NASA Student Launch event April 10-11 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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If this doesn’t describe how you feel about rocketry, bet you know someone who does.