FAI Build Session 30 April

 NOVAAR will hold a special building session on Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 4 PM, for people who want to practice making the super-thin lightweight and large-diameter fiberglass rocket bodies that are used in international (FAI) model rocket competition.  NOVAAR will be hosting an FAI-rules competition, the Capitol Cup, on September 16-17 and the rockets flown in this competition must use this kind of body.  Anyone who plans to attend the building session and make one of these, please let Trip Barber know at and let him know as well whether you already have one of the special machined aluminum mandrels that are used to make these bodies.”

NOVAAR Meeting 2 May

The next NOVAAR meeting will be held at the Community Room at the Kings Park Shopping Center on Burke Lake Rd. across Rolling Rd. from our regular meeting site at the Braddock Road Governmental Center on Tuesday 2 May at 7 pm. There will be a short planning session to review preparations for the TARC Finals which are scheduled for 13 May at Great Meadow. The program will be a presentation by Jim Gearhart on the activities of his Flight Dynamics Group at Orbital-ATK

Rocket Launch on Saturday 10 June

The next NOVAAR rocket launch is scheduled for 10 June at Great Meadow. 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. The signup list for range duty for Sunday will be posted a week before the launch. Please lend a hand and sign up. If everyone attending contributes some 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.

For anyone intending to participate in the High Power Rocket Demonstration at Great Meadow on 1 July this is the last NOVAAR launch where you can prove that your rocket has flown successfully.

Enter Great Meadow through the marked gate and follow the the signs on the roadway to the parking area. Do not drive around puddles in the roadway; stay on the roadway and drive through them. Ken Allen from Performance Hobbies will be present with motors, kits and other rocketry supplies. The Corner Store across the street will open at 9 am on Sunday 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. Also, the area to the west of Rt 245 is out of bounds. Do not attempt to recover any rocket that crosses the roadway.


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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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