On Saturday, July 20th of 2019, Model Rocketeers from around the globe will be celebrating the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing’s 50th Anniversary with rocket launches, picnics, and parties! Will you be a part of this world wide rocket launch event? Now is the time to start planning!
Club and individual launches can range from the simplest versions of beginner rockets to highly coordinated media events with launches of scale Saturn’s / Apollo’s.
Sections, clubs, and rocket friends simply set a plan to do this, figure out how much you want to do, what is reasonable and within your means, then start their checklists and countdowns.
This is however, a once-in-a-lifetime chance for NAR members to get great positive exposure for our Aero STEM space oriented hobby, reconnect with former members, create more BAR’s or even bring another generation into the wonder of low, mid, and high power rocketry. If you are looking for a time to grow your club – this is it!
Starting Simple – Plan a launch! This is the most easily accomplished and successful plan and everything beyond it requires real coordination and effort. Just have FUN and launch rockets! But get your launch registered on the NAR calendar at http://www.nar.org/find-a-launch/register-an-nar-launch/
Stepping up a bit – How about inviting the local Boy and Girl Scout, CAP, AFJROTC and 4-H aerospace clubs to attend and have a “Make and Take” pre-launch session with simple plastic fin-can type rockets that recover on streamers. Make sure your club has a simple piece of literature to hand out to the visitors who might want to participate in your next scheduled launch. If possible, take names and e-mail addresses for contacts and announcements of future launches.
The Land the Eagle competition is an excellent attraction. The contest objective is to launch a model rocket and have it land on an area in a field representing the moon. The contestant whose rocket lands closest to the ‘Tranquility Base’ target is the winner. The rules for the section event are on this page, with rules for a school launch on this page.
Really want some attention? Launch a scale Saturn/Apollo. This is a bigger commitment than most modelers realize. Now is the time to start planning that build – Saturn’s are complex and take some skill.
And then there is the Media – Of course if your Section is going to participate in this very special day – you might want to have a bit of media in attendance. Get your announcement out early.
So plan a great day for your friends, section, and local youth groups. Have a super Lunar Landing 50th anniversary day.