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
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Launch Window Closes on Another Record Thunder!
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.
For ten years the Tennessee hills have echoed the roar of Southern Thunder rockets followed by oohs and ahhs of the flyers. Here are some scenes of the past fun, if you need incentive to plan to come.
What memories will we build in this eleventh round? Be there and share them.
NASA’s Student Launch Initiative Reaches its apogee today with all University teams arriving at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Western Utah. Several of HARA’s member and friends are there to participate or support the launch.
University of Alabama, Vanderbilt University, and Mississippi State are just a few of the teams that come to HARA launches to practice. Our friends Chuck Pierce, Eddie Jeffries, Fred Kepner (HARA’s TRA Prefect), Julie Clift, Lee Brock (PMW), and Chris Dondandville are there now setting up the range and managing logistics as the teams prepare for launch.
The launch is streamed live on NASA TV (click here). Launch Coverage starts at 8AM.
Ever heard of LDRS? How about Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships? LDRS 33 will be held in Wisconsin at Richard Bong Recreational Area (the Bong). Research launches are held July 17-18 and commercial launches are held July 19 – 20. Check out some of these video clips from the Science Channel!
We are go for launch! HARA welcomes TARC teams from around the Tennessee valley and the public to participate in low and mid power rocket flights tomorrow (March 15th) at Bragg Farms. High power rocket flights are restricted at Bragg Farms. We will target a start time of 10am, but we may start earlier or later depending on rage setup and the weather.
The address to Bragg Farms is:1180 Grimwood Rd, Toney, AL 35773
Enter Bragg Farms from Grimwood Rd on a dirt road. The road turns left then right. You will pass between barns with large harvesting equipment and their may be farming related activities in that area so please be mindful as you enter the area. Carry on down the dirt road into the field. Park off of the dirt road on the grass to the right.
You are welcome to bring coolers with snacks and drinks, and some chairs. There will not be a motor vendor, so be prepared.
Stay tuned to the website and facebook for updates on the launch. See you there!