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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 Safe Launch Practices, 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.
Our first launch of 2022! News Year’s Day launches are a lot of fun, and what could be a better way to start the year off than friends, food, and flying rockets, you might even see a few Christmas trees or even some ornaments take flight! We know it’s tough to shake it out of the rack early on New Year’s Day, but you’ll be glad you did! We hope to be flying around 10am and it’s always nice to have extra help setting up, so if you can be … Continue reading →
The MARS Board of Trustee’s has decided that the 2021 flying season is NOT Over quite yet! Mark your Calendars for November 20 and 21st. The Launch Weather permitting is still a GO, but…. Due to some unfortunate unforeseen circumstances the “FriendsGiving” Dinner has to be cancelled! We are as disappointed as you, Trust me! The theme for this event is “As GOD is my Witness, I thought turkeys could FLY”Continue reading →
For the Third year in a row MARS website has placed top 3, Second Year IN A ROW, MARS has won the NAR Website Excellence Award! Each contest year, the Section Activity Committee of the National Association of Rocketry presents a Website Excellence Award for the top four Section websites. The winners are announced at NARAM and are presented with plaques. They also earn the right to display the award results on their website along with the appropriate Website Award Burst. Unlike the LAC Newsletter Award, no submissions are required. The only … Continue reading →
What a turnout for the cleanup A HUGE Thanks to everyone who helped, proving once again Many hands make light work and MARS is not only the oldest but the BEST rocket club around!! Troy Jurus Janice Jurus Dennis Jurus Mickey Rowe David Plankenhorn Bill Clune MaryBeth Clune Tom McCarthy Larry Wakeman Eric Gallo Michele McCortney Dan McCortney Miles McCortney Frank Salamone Joseph Avins Scott Plankham Pavel MokiyenkoContinue reading →
We are NO Longer trapped in virtual mode! Moving forward we will be holding meetings both LIVE and Virtual via GotoMeeting provided by Solepoxy. We are asking those folks who would like to attend in person please give us a heads up! The Swanson building is large and there are quite a few large tables, Mask use will be like a restaurant. so we will be safe!Continue reading →