Virtual HARA meeting this Thursday, December 3, @ 7:30 PM

It’s time for a little holiday cheer with fellow rocketeers! Please join us on Zoom this Thursday at 7:30 PM for the December HARA meeting to get the lowdown on the local rocketry scene. Items on the agenda include:

  • December high power launch status
  • Officer reports
  • Monthly give away (2 this month)
  • Status of the HARA wireless controller
  • Show and Tell
Please contact for connection info.
See y’all Thursday night!

Launching in a November Sky

The autumn colors of red, orange and yellow decorated the trees in the mountains of north Alabama but also the flames of the rockets flying at the monthly HARA launch. After being rained out in October and waiting since March for the field to be cleared the club was out in full force to launch into a mild calm November sky. The pads were particularly busy with HP certification flights.  The crowd was present when the waiver opened at 10 am and was solid until sunset.

For a more detailed discussion of the day go to Bill’s blog at A multitude of rocket pictures are on the HARA facebook page



Virtual HARA meeting – this Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 PM

Hi everyone!
We will be having our monthly HARA meeting through Zoom again this month. Items on the agenda are:
  • November launch status and updates
  • Thanksgiving rocket judging (Jolly Logic Chute Release and Flightsketch altimeter are the prizes)
  • Officer reports
  • Monthly giveaway
  • Show and tell
Please contact for the meeting link.
See you Thursday!

October 10 launch will be at the Butler Mill field in Woodville

Directions here:

Flight cards available for download…

We are making flight cards available for download so that flyers can print and fill them out before coming to the launches, minimizing the amount of contact in these pandemic times. Here’s the link:

HARA flight cards

HARA COVID-19 protocols for flyers at our launches

World Record Finally Certified

On July 16, 2019, the rocket center attempted to launch 5,000 model rockets in an effort to set the record as part of a week-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. More than a year later, it’s official. Guinness certified that 4,923 rockets fired and reached at least 100 feet in altitude – a requirement for the record. No reason was given why it took a year to announce the record, the paperwork was filed with the numbers a few days after the launch. The previous Guinness World Record of 4,231 model rockets were launched at Teylingen College during a European Space Science Convention in the Netherlands, in the summer of 2018.

An army of volunteers assisted rocket center staff in the rocket launch preparation, with 178 volunteers working 696 hours over 13 sessions to build the rockets. Twenty volunteers worked 75 hours to build the wood frames on which the rockets were placed. see last year’s post

Virtual HARA meeting this Thursday (September 3) at 7:30 PM

Join us on Zoom this Thursday (September 3) at 7:30 PM for our monthly club meeting. This month’s agenda includes:

Update on October club launch – includes discussion on CoVID-19 precautions
Status on club outreach activities
Show and Tell
Monthly prize giveaways – yes, that’s plural!
Brief summary of this year’s virtual NARAM
Status of HARA wireless launch controller

Contact officers <at> for Zoom information.

See you online!

HARA 2020-2021 launch schedule posted!

Details here:

See you on the field in October!

Max-Q newsletters coming online…


You will now see a “Max-Q Newsletter Archive” item under the “About Us” menu on the HARA website. This is where I have begun to place scanned copies of the old HARA newsletter, Max-Q. Now replaced by social media, Max-Q served as the primary means of communication among HARA members for much of the club’s existence since its founding back in 1979. The issues contained launch summaries, kit, motor and product reviews, rocket plans, and lots of other stuff. It was very well produced at the beginning, but as time went along, you can see the annual number of issues decrease and the number of pages go down – a common problem with section newsletters. They take a lot of work, and it is very hard to get people to contribute content as the years go by. Max-Q has not been produced for a long while, as it is much easier to do a blog or Facebook post.

Nonetheless, much of the history of HARA is contained within the issues of MaxQ, and as I was scanning them, I realized that they were of value and needed to be made accessible to the club and those outsiders who may have an interest. So I carved out a spot on the club web site – here’s the URL:


Vince has been prodding me for many moons to complete scanning the newsletters, but my progress has been slow. My scanner is an older model, and it often takes a few tries to get a decent quality scan. This, combined with higher priority demands on my time, will result in the slow add of more issues as time progresses. Hopefully my pace will be faster during the hot muggy summer.

Enjoy the Max-Q folks – there are some good things in there!