Rocket Launch 17 September

  The next NOVAAR rocket launch is scheduled for 17 September at Great Meadow from 10 am to 4 pm.  Set up will start at 9 am with the range opening at 10 am.  The range will close at 4 pm.  Volunteers are needed for set up, range take down and range duty. Please sign up for range duty when the site is posted. If everyone attending contributes an hour of their time, there will be no need for anyone to spend more than an hour on range duty. Unsure about what to do? Just ask and you will be paired with a more experienced individual.

Enter Great Meadow through the marked gate and follow the the signs on the roadway to the parking area.

No on site vendor is planning on attending.

The Corner Store across the street will be open for sandwiches, drinks and snacks.

There is a portopotty on site. 

A reminder:the use of drones is prohibited at NOVAAR launches. Our NAR insurance only covers rocketry activities.

Hochheimer Elected NAR President

At the annual meeting this summer John Hochheimer was elected President of the National Association of Rocketry. John is a longtime member of NOVAAR and had been the NAR Vice President for the past four years. Congratulations on assuming your new position.

NOVAAR Sponsors NVCC Stem Launches

This summer NOVAAR sponsored two launches in support of the Northern Virginia Community College Summer stem Programs. Two sessions were conducted with the students challenged to design, construct and fly TARC like rockets. These courses were part of a much broader effort to spark hands on interest in STEM. Judging from the enthusiasm of the students the event was a particular success. Thanks to Trip, Doug, Mitch, Bill and Kurt for the support as range crew for these launches.


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We are the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry (NOVAAR)
Section 205 of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

We Fly Rockets

For current launch and meeting information visit our
Announcements Page 
or Bulletin Board.

Launch status will be announced by 8 pm on the Friday before a launch.

Attention Rocketeers

  • Do you enjoy building and flying rockets?
  • Need a good site to fly let alone, launch those big birds?
  • Interested in model rocket competition awards or earning achievement awards for flying?
  • Interested in rocket science projects?

     If you enjoy model rocketry, you are invited to join the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry. NOVAAR is the public model rocket club in Northern Virginia, and is a chartered section of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). We're one of the most active model rocket clubs in the U.S., with a 40 year history of success, safety and fun in the hobby of model rocketry.


     NOVAAR holds meetings once a month. We meet the first Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 at the Braddock District Government Office. The center is in North Springfield, two miles outside the Beltway (I495) at the intersection of Burke Lake Road and Rolling Road. For a map click here. Come visit a meeting and see why model rocketry would be more fun if you belonged to NOVAAR.

Membership Benefits

  • Free flights at our monthly rocket launch throughout the year including contests, sport fun flying and demonstrations.  Non-members pay $1 per flight.
  • Assistance with achieving advanced high-power rocketry certification.
  • Use of club's permit-approved, launch site with model  rocket and high power launching equipment and a 4500 ft waiver equipment.
  • Full access to the club website covering club activities plus articles on design and technical subjects.
  • Participation in rocket building sessions hosted by experts.
  • Regular monthly meetings which include an instructional or demonstration session.
  • e-mail addresses.
  • Bulletin Board.
  • Chat
  • access to upload pictures to Gallery 2
  • access to member only pages.

     Directions and map to our Great Meadows field Members Photo page: To be added send a scanned photo to Dan Winings or upload them youself by logging in and going to Gallery 2.

NOVAAR Officers and Coordinators


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