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NASA USLI News Coverage Report from UT

Local team Vanderbilt University is prominently featured in this report on the NASA Student Launch in Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.


And here is another video featuring MSU and other teams. This is what rocketry is can bring to education. No other program quite lights the fires of imagination and exploration.

Interstellar Looks Out Of This World

From Writer/Director Christopher Nolan, Check out this new Space Flick starting Mathew MaConaughey, and Anne Hathaway.

HARA to Host Launch This Weekend

HARA will be hosting a rocket launch in Manchester, TN this Saturday. There is a 50% chance of rain as of today, and we will continue to monitor that. Plan on attending the flyer’s briefing at 9:45AM. The range will open around 10:00AM.

There will be a $5 flyers fee for non HARA/MC2 members so take the opportunity to join our club and take full advantage of the benefits that membership offers.

We are expecting a very large M-M two stage rocket to fly, and there will be some other NASA Student Launch Initiative rocket teams joining us.

If you plan on making a NAR or TRA certification flight and/or need to take a level 2 exam, let us know to expect you.

We are excited to get our launch season underway. See you all on Saturday!


Next HARA meeting is April 3rd at 7:30PM in the ERC

Our next meeting will be April 3rd at 7:30PM in the ERC. At the meeting, we will discuss some upcoming club activities. Our tentative agenda is:

  • Equipment Cleanup Day on April 5th at Chuck Pierce’s home beginning at 10AM.
  • HARA will have range operations responsibility for the April 12th launch in Manchester, TN.
  • Updates from the following committees:
    • TARC Scramble
    • SOAR Program
    • Club Rocket Project
    • Southern Thunder Planning
    • Website
  • Tech Talks on rocket design
  • Officer Reports:
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • NAR Advisor
    • TRA Prefect
  • Closing

Look forward to seeing you all there.


88th Anniversary of the First Liquid Rocket Engine

robert goddardDid you know that today 88 years ago Robert H. Goddard launched his first liquid fuel rocket?  March 16, 1926.

Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully launched on March 16, 1926.

Goddard’s work as both theorist and engineer anticipated many of the developments that were to make spaceflight possible.[4] He has been called the man who ushered in the Space Age.

Goddard Space Center  is named in recognition of Dr. Robert H. Goddard(1882–1945), the pioneer of modern rocket propulsion in the United States.

HARA Membersip Cards Are In!

HARA membership cards are in. If you’ve paid for your 2014 membership, cards are being made for you now. Come to our next launch on March 15th at Bragg Farms, or our meeting on April 3rd to pick up your cards.

HARA Membersip Cards

NARCON 2014 at the Cape

By Vince Huegele

The thing people did at NARCON that was the most fun was not attending the technical sessions, listening to astronauts, visiting with old rocket friends or even touring the historic launch pads. People got the biggest grin from reading the severe winter weather reports from their hometowns while sitting in the 70 degree Florida sun. Read more

HARA Open House

The Huntsville Area Rocketry Association invites the public to our Inaugural Open House on Thursday,  March 6th from 7:00-8:30pm at NASA’s Educators Resource Center in front of the US Space & Rocket Center.

HARA promotes science & engineering knowledge through hands-on experience, and promotes amateur rocketry to all ages. Our Open House will feature interactive exhibits and displays, and club members will share stories of their amateur rocketry experience.

Refreshments will be provided.

Remembering the Challenger

“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God. ”
President Ronald Reagan addressed the American people following the loss of the shuttle Challenger and her crew. Today we remember Astronauts McAuliffe, Jarvis, Resnik, Scobee, McNair, Smith and Onizuka.