Archive for Launches

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!

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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


Ten Years of Southern Thunder

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.

At Southern Thunder

What memories will we build in this eleventh round? Be there and share them.

Watch NASA Student Launch Live From Utah

nasa_logoNASA’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.


Interested in LDRS 33? Coming in July 2014


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!