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National Association of Rocketry Section #749

Mission Statement:

The West Virginia Rocketry Association is a group of model rocketry enthusiasts dedicated to the promotion of the sport through education, outreach, and mentorship. Our mission is to engage youth in the sport as a means of increasing their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and careers. WVROCK leverages partnerships with education, government, and industry partners (Fairmont State University, West Virginia University, NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility, Aurora Flight Sciences) to increase our membership, recruit mentors, and support growing participation in the TARC competition in West Virginia.

Team America Rocketry Challenge

Our NAR section formed in large part to support the growing number of TARC Teams in WV who needed mentors, certified senior NAR member to observe launches, access to launch equipment, and a safe launch site. To learn more about TARC, visit www.rocketcontest.org.

Meetings:

Meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of each month at the Evansdale Black Bear Burrito restaurant in Morgantown, WV (look for the rocket). We will begin each meeting with a short presentation by a member on a rocketry topic, followed by our general business meeting. Most members enjoy dinner from our host, Black Bear Burrito, and youth are welcome although probably won't be interested in the business meeting. As attendance at meetings grows, we will seek more activities for youth.

Launches:

Launch events, clinics, and competitions will be held monthly at Mylan Park in Morgantown, or NASA IV&V's Educator Resource Center in Fairmont. Only club members can launch (but joining is very easy and inexpensive). Please see the calendar for more details. We follow the NAR Rocketry Safety Code for all launches. Unless specified on the calendar, all launches are "low power", meaning that your fully loaded rocket can weigh only 1,500 grams (53 ounces) at liftoff and will not contain more than 125 grams (4.4 ounces) of propellant or 320 N-sec (71.9 pound-seconds) of total impulse. We have an FAA waiver to conduct Level 1 launches (rockets weighing more than 1,500 grams or using H, or I, or hybrid engines) up to 3,000 ft., but check the calendar to see which launch dates are obtaining approval.