About MARS Club

What is MARS all about?

It’s about having fun, relaxing, families, kids and rockets big and small. Whether you are flying MicroMax or a 250lb Complex N-powered “BFR”, you will always be appreciated in our club.

New Members will discover what existing members already know, that MARS is a super friendly, accessible club with some of the most knowledgeable people in our hobby. Guests and visitors discover our fantastic flying field, our highly organized operations and Most importantly our Extremely SAFE launches.

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.

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.

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, MARS is certainly one of, if not the oldest club still in operation and is the largest rocketry club in New York state.

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.

MARS has an excellent grass field in Geneseo, New York. We fly high power rockets (HPR) and low power rockets (LPR). Our field has hosted LDRS, the National Sport Launch (NSL), and will host NARAM in 2020. We recognize National Association of Rocketry (NAR), Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and Canadian Association of Rocketry (CAR) high power certifications.
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