Starting March 2, 2017 - Ending April 2, 2017
NARCON 2017, hosted by NOVAAR, was held over the weekend of 24 to 26 February. Over 200 NAR members from all over the country attended. Friday tours to Aurora Flight Sciences and Orbital-ATK were conducted. R and D reports were delivered on Friday evening. All five are available at http://www.nar.org/site/narcon-2017/schedule/friday/ Saturday was reserved for presentations. Seven individual presentations were made in each of four tracts; professional, TARC, model rocketry and high power rocketry. The complete schedule is available at http://www.nar.org/site/narcon-2017/schedule/saturday/ . Many of the presenters were NOVAAR members. On Saturday evening a banquet dinner, attended by over 125 participants, was highlighted by a well received presentation by the guest speaker, Lee Piester. He was the founder of Centuri Engineering Company, one of the orignal model rocketry companies having its origins in the late 1950s. On Sunday participants were treated to a special showing at the IMAX threater at Udvar-Hazy and special tours of the museum arranged specifically for NARCON participants.
Thanks to Trip Barber for leading the effort and to Jonathan Rains, Frank Prekel, Bill Miller, Chris Turner, Carl Curling, Kevin Cobb and Adam Martin who executed the plan flawlessly. As Trip mentioned at the banquet NOVAAR does big events like NARCON and the TARC Finals really well because we have good people running these events. Well Done to all.