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Monroe Astronautical Rocket Society, MARS Club
MARS Rocketry is a family friendly rocketry club that flies at the National Warplane Museum airfield, just minutes from Rochester and only an hour from Buffalo, in Geneseo, NY. Started in 1961 by Rochester area middle school kids after the flight of Alan Shepard in May 1961, MARS became a NAR section later that year at the request of the science teachers. Although no one knows for sure MARS is believed to be NAR’s oldest continually active section, and is still the largest rocketry club in New York state.
MARS is National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Section #136 and Tripoli Prefecture #162, all MARS launch activities are governed by the Tripoli Safety Code and are organized using the Tripoli Launch Safety Guidelines, NAR Model Rocket Safety Code and the NAR High Power Safety Code. Our launches host club members and guests flying rockets ranging in size from 1/4″A” powered Estes rockets to “N” powered monsters, to an altitude of 12,000 AGL. If you wish to fly “High Power” with MARS you must be a NAR or Tripoli member, if you wish to fly “Research Motors” you must be an L2 Tripoli member and be prepared to show your membership card with certification level.
Spectators are welcome and there is NO CHARGE for spectators. The Geneseo field is easy to find and is just a few miles from I-390. Bring the kids and plan to spend at least a few hours. Extreme Rocket Motors and Performance Hobbies will be in attendance at our launches- maybe you can re-kindle a past interest in rocketry! Buy a kit and come back to fly it at our next launch.
Since MARS became a Tripoli Prefecture we have been trying to host Ben and Elaine Russel’s “Introduction to Experimental Propellant Class”. But the last few years have been fraught with peril. NO MORE…. on Saturday night of NYPOWER @ 7PM in the Swanson building, rain or shine the class will go on! This really is a must attend for any ADULT Rocketeer even if you don’t aspire to making your own motors. Followed by Todd Smith’s Class “Managing Risk in High Power Rocketry” This one-hour course will introduce the concept … Continue reading →
Rocket season is right around the corner. We think everyone is looking forward to a great flying season. Your MARS board of Trustee’s, and Your Committees have been very busy the last few months, but now we need your help! Our “Main Event”, NYPOWER will soon be here and we need to do some maintenance, inspect, clean, and inventory the equipment. We will have a Cleanup Party April 30th at 10am in the parking lot of the National Warplane Museum. Many hands make lite work, we all know that, so … Continue reading →
Since before NARAM a few club members have been discussing MARS hosting Rocketry Training classes. We have a few lined up: Basic recovery systems and parachute folding Beginning in Dual Deployment Creating stickers using hobby vinyl cutting machines Building a High Performance Mach Buster (aka an Evan Brown Burner!) We are working on more advanced classes in Casting your own Propellant We are going to start with……. Managing Risk in High-Power Rocketry This one-hour course will introduce the concept of Risk Management in High Power Rocketry. The course will include … Continue reading →