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New NSL Logo Infuses Space Heritage

The latest, and final revision of the NSL 2016 art infuses the heritage of several space and defense entities. Can you guess a few?


Lets list them out.

  1. The NSL font is an infusion of the NASA worm and JPL fonts into a pseudo-palindrome, a word that reads the same forwards and backwards. Did you know that HARA’s logo is based on the NASA worm? NASA retired the worm insignia in 1992.
  2. The rocket and flames is an homage to the NAR logo, though the colors are different.
  3. The rocket is a Corporal missile, a rocket developed by the Army Ordinance Missile Laboratories at Redstone Arsenal. The Corporal eventually gave way to the Sergeant project, a rocket that would work in concert with the Redstone rocket to launch America’s first artificial satellite, Explorer 1.
  4. The combination of the rocket and blue planet are representative of the US Space and Rocket Center logo and pays homage to Alabama’s number one tourist attraction, and HARA’s home base.
  5. The three stars represent the clubs hosting NSL 2016. They are from left to right HARA, MC2, and SOAR.


2016 HARA Officers

Your 2016 HARA Officers are as follow:

President: Chuck Pierce

Vice President:  Daniel Cavender

Treasurer: Duane Mayer

NAR Advisor: Vince Huegele

Secretary (NAR and TRA): Elliot Laramie

TRA Prefect: Art Woodling

A message from the President:

As HARA has a lot things cooking this year, especially with NSL coming up in May, I agreed to serve another single-year term as president.   I greatly appreciate the others stepping up to (or continuing in) leadership positions.  This is a great group of core members of HARA that have a real zeal for rocketry and for our club.  I request that all HARA members please give these officers your support and to be willing help out in local outreach, equipment maintenance, and range support.

I think that you all know me pretty well. I’m a laid back, easy leader.  I believe firmly that hobbies are to be fun, and it is my goal to keep this hobby fun for everyone.  With the tragic model rocket accident that occurred late last year, there will probably be a bit more rigor in the RSO inspections, even for very small rockets.  Please bear with the RSO and know that he/she is helping to maintain the high standards of safety that model rocketry has shown since the 1950s.

NSL will be here before we know it and we’re going to need a lot of help from our members to pull this off. Daniel Cavender is our NSL Director.  He’ll soon be asking for help in filling jobs for NSL. Please be willing to help.  Don’t be afraid to take on a job, even you don’t have much experience in that role. You learn by doing and we’ll gladly give you all of the training/support that you need.

If there is anything that I can do to help your growth, or fun, in model rocketry, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Best regards,


Club Meeting and Officer Elections on Thursday

2016 Meeting #1

December Club Meeting Synopsis

Hello HARA Members, and Happy Holidays. We find ourselves at the end of another fun, safe, and exciting year for our little rocketry club. And, there is more to be excited about next year with NASA Student Launch, and the National Sport Launch.  Our next club meeting will be on January 7th where we will hold 2016 officer elections, and continue our discussion of some pending bylaw amendments. All officer positions are up for grabs, and please, don’t be shy about stepping up for the big seat either ;-). But, without further delay, below is a summary of the meeting discussions from December 3rd.

HARA 2015 News Letter #12

NSL is coming to the Rocket City


Well, close enough… HARA is going to host the National Sport Launch on 2016 at Manchester TN launch site Memorial Day weekend. Look for announcements on the HARA website and the NSL website in the near future.

Thank you WLRH!

For two years now, WLRH has allowed HARA to reach new audiences and people from across the Tennessee Valley have come to our meetings and launches as a result. Thank you WLRH for helping our club reach new heights.

We encourage members to make a donation (of any size) to show our support and appreciation here, and listen for our Public Service Announcement (PSA) on WLRH. I heard it again this morning.

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