Archive for Launches

Southern Thunder was Cool

Of course a weekend full of rockets is cool, but this year’s two day launchfest had unseasonable low temperatures keeping flyers very comfortable for June. The previous week saw the passage of tropical entity Cindy dumping rain all over Tennessee and threatening the schedule, but Saturday was clear enough to set up the range on the soggy sod.

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Countdown to Southern Thunder 2017

There is an annual event that draws sport rocketeers from all over to come fly their best rockets. You are invited to come to that event and be one of those rocketeers.


June 24-25, 2017,  Manchester, TN

Meet some of the masters of the craft, shop for great deals and see amazing rockets. It’s a celebration of rocketry in low, medium and high power. Come out for a day or two, bring rockets to fly or just be there to watch, but don’t miss the flying circus that is Southern Thunder.

Launch in the October Sky


Scenes of Southern Thunder 2015

The Father’s Day Summer weekend launch is all about rockets and people. There were a lot of both this year and here’s what it looked like.


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Rocket City Blastoff 2014

Announcement for the 2014 Rocket City Blastoff

NARAM 56 attracts visitors from across the Galaxy

One of the best NARAM in recent years was well attended with many rockets (and no raccoons) launched from ‘A to O’ in motor size. The weekend sport launch included the student and intern flights mentioned in the post below while the rest of the week was competition and evening presentations. For the fifty-sixth year rocketeers convened to renew acquaintances, hear industry announcements, learn new skills and fly more rockets. Read more

HSV’s Falcon Rocketeers launch experiments on ULA intern rockets

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Huntsville area middle and high school students had the chance to send their experiments out of this world in the 2014 Intern Rocket Program Launch sponsored by United Launch Alliance and Ball Aerospace.

Falcon Rocketeers, comprised of students from Butler, Grissom, Pope John Paul II high schools and Hampton Cove Middle, built two payloads that were shot into space last week in Pueblo, Colo.

ULA blasted off three intern rockets that launched 17 payloads. Alabama cotton along with teddy bears, barometers, accelerometers and a GPS device was shot into space, according to the ULA website.

The team solely represented Alabama in a field of 13 teams from around the country, including Colorado and Ohio.

Video Courtesy of ULA.

Scenes of ST 2014

It was another wonderful June weekend of rockets in the green hills of Tennessee. Southern Thunder presents itself as a showcase of rocketry great and small and rocketeers young and old. Here are some moments of the longest days of 2014, because of the epic fun we had and that summer solstice thing. Read more


Launch Window Closes on Another Record Thunder!

ST14 Field Banner

Thanks to everyone who helped make Southern Thunder 2014 a reality. All of the planning, setup, and tear-down really is a tremendous amount of work and we appreciate all of the help. We also want to say thanks to everyone who came out to participate in this unique event. It is the community of people that make Southern Thunder such a great time. Thanks to the weather, we weren’t able to get our movie in or the 100 Rocket Salute, but we will keep those ideas in mind for next year. If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding Southern Thunder, please leave a comment.

Southern Thunder’s Epic First Day Shutdown By Storms

Southern Thunder Storms 2014