NAR Section # 700 – A Model Rocket Club in the Heart of New Hampshire

The Kearsarge Area Rocket Society (KARS) is New Hampshire’s only NAR sanctioned model rocket club (Section #700). Founded in 2005, we hold monthly launches from April to November, and are open to anyone who wants to build and fly model rockets. We are a low-power club (E impulse and under) but with sufficient interest and an adequate field, we may form a separate high power club.

Why model rockets? Model rocketry is a one of those rare intersections of fun and learning. Model rockets build math, physics and chemistry skills. You’ll also get pretty good at model construction too! Of course, you can choose your own challenges: Maybe you just want to buy a few “ready-to-fly” rockets from Stuff-Mart to launch with the club? Maybe you want to build some advanced rocket kits from FlisKits or Estes Rockets? Maybe you want to construct your own rocket from scratch? The choice is yours to make.


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  1. Maureen Haskell says:

    We would like details regard launch and coming to event. Does it cost money? What are the rocket specifications?

    • Mike Bellino says:

      Hi Maureen, It is free to attend (launch or spectate). Any rocket with a motor of ‘E’ impulse or less is fine. Most rockets at hobby stores, craft stores, or retail stores are fine. The rocket packaging will say what motor(s) it uses. Typically A through D impulse is specified. They will sat something like ‘Use B6-2 or C6-3’ motors. In this case, the rocket takes a B or C impulse motor.

    • Mike Bellino says:

      No charge! Just bring any rocket that flies on a motor size between A and E. Any Estes rocket will work.

  2. Kevin says:

    If I were to make my own rocket engine instead of a pre bought one like the one shown in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12fR9neVnS8 would that be ok? The guy in the video says it is an E45 equivelent.

    • Mike Bellino says:

      Sorry to say, no. 😦 Our insurance will not cover home-made rocket motors. You need to buy special insurance. Last I knew, Tripoli Rocket Association is the only association that will allow home-made motors to be flown at specially designated events. – Mike

  3. Michael Mawson says:

    Hi Guys, do you have monthly meetings? I would like to get back into model rocketry with my grandson. I cannot attend the launch on Sat Oct 24th, so will have to shoot for the spring launch. Is there a membership requirement to launch at your site? Do I need to bring my own launch equipment? – Mike

    • Mike Bellino says:

      Hi Michael, We do not have monthly meetings. No membership – just show up and fly rockets! Sorry you can’t make the launch tomorrow, but look for us to start up again in late April. – Mike

  4. charles Tiffany says:

    How do i join your club?

    • Mike Bellino says:

      Hi Charles, Well. That is the BEST part – no membership or launch fees are necessary. Just show up and fly rockets. The generous landowners allows us to fly at no cost. On the rare occasions where we need some money (eg. launch pad maintenance) we ask for donations: $5 max. I think it has been about 2 years since we asked for donations. Hope you can make the next launch, Charles!

  5. Ian says:

    I moved to the area a few years ago and now getting into model rockets with my kids… is this group still around? where do you meet and when?

    • Mike Bellino says:

      Hello Ian, Yes! Our first launch is this Saturday (May 4th), weather willing. There is not formal membership, fees or meetings… just bring the kids, rockets and motors to the launch. We have launch equipment. Keep an eye on the website for launch updates. You can also join our e-mail list for news and updates by sending a e-mail to: KARSNH-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

  6. Mark Anderson says:

    I am very excited to find a model rocket club so close to me. I built and flew model rockets as a kid back in the early/mid 1970’s and again on the mid 1990’s with my 2 sons. I still have some built rockets and a number of kits waiting to be built. I hope very much the current virus situation will allow for the resumption of monthly launches.

  7. Hi so are you only able to launch rockets here during the designated launch events? If so how would you go about getting permission?
    Do you need to be a member? If not, can anyone advise on how to determine a launch spot, I am new to this but my family is excited about these rockets they got& have been building so I’m just trying to determine where they can safely and legally launch them…any info would be appreciated!! Thanks

  8. Joe Arthur says:

    I’m a retired high school student teacher and sometimes an adjunct college professor. I used rockets in class to teach Newton’s laws. I’d love to get into rocketry as a hobby.
    I’m now living in Concord NH. When and where is your next launch?

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