The following is a list of topics and their presenters. This list will be continually updated as NARCON draws near, check back often. This schedule is current as of February 28, 2019.

NARCON Special Events

  • We’ll be hosting an Apollo Saturn Scale Model Contest (static model craftsmanship judging only). Bring your best Apollo or Saturn and show your modeling skills. Model rockets, plastic models, even LEGO models are welcome. Prizes and awards for Best of Show and People’s Choice!
  • Friday Special Event—We’ve secured a limited number of complimentary Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex passes. If you’re registered, please check your email for a NARCON note from to find details on this bonus opportunity.
  • Saturday Luncheon with Apollo Veteran Workers— An August group consisting of Lee Solid, John Tribe, Charlie Mars, Roy Tharpe, and Bob Sieck. (Do a Google search on their backgrounds and history as it is much too long to list here!) They’ll have great recollections about their work on the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.
  • Saturday Meet The Astronauts Banquet—We’re delighted to announce that among our astronaut special guests will be Col. Al Crews (USAF, Ret.), an X-20 Dyna-Soar pilot and Manned Orbiting Laboratory participant, telling us about his experiences on these historic programs. To see a fascinating chapter in space history and learn more about Col. Al Crews in the MOL Program, see the PBS Nova episode: Astrospies – Bob Cabana (Col. USMC, Ret.; STS-41, 53, 65, 88) retired astronaut and current director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, is scheduled to be our emcee for the evening. Also scheduled to join us will be astronauts Andrew “Andy” Allen (STS-46, 62, 75) and Sam Durrance (STS-35, 67) to regale us with tales of their spaceflight experiences.  We’re planning an informal “fireside chat” with our four astronaut guests.

Sport Rocketry Track

  • 3D Printing in Scale Model Building—Dr. Mike Nowak
  • BPS.Space Update—Joe Barnard
  • Centuri Summer: Adventures of an American Rocketeer—Michael Poss
  • Developments in Rocketry Electronics: Towards Rocketry 2.0John Beans
  • G. Harry Stine Collection Project Update, Museum of Flight—Amy Heidrick
  • GPS Guided Recovery—Tim Van Milligan
  • How to Successfully Make Card Stock Shrouds—Chris Michielssen
  • HPR Staging Techniques—Gary Dahlke
  • Safety in High Power Rocketry–Trip Barber
  • Satellite Dreams: Doing Group HPR Projects—Mark Bundick
  • Scale Modeling Summit – Spacemodeling World Championships team USA panel—moderated by James Duffy
  • Slideshow from the Rocketeer Reunion and Other Things in the NAR History CollectionJennifer Ash
  • Winning Strategy for the 2018 BALLS Hamster DanceGary Rosenfield
  • Wireless Launch Systems—Rick Boyette


Space History/Real Space Track

  • America’s Photographic (Film Systems) Reconnaissance Satellite Programs—John Hilliard
  • Apollo Lunar Module Descent Trajectories: The Strange Path From Orbit to Lunar Surface–Dr. David Mohr
  • Apollo Myths and Little-Known Facts—Wes Oleszewski
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student rocket club launch vehicle projects
  • Florida Institute of Technology senior capstone project – HAMR (High Altitude/Mach Rocket) A proof-of-concept for hypersonic flight testJ. Nyffenegger, D. Lomonte, A. Noori
  • How Did the Cape Get Started?—John Hilliard
  • Updates on United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin, NASA Orion, and NASA Launch Services Program activities
  • What Were They Thinking?—Or, How To Bungle A Space Mission—Gary Dahlke
  • World War II Rockets That Weren’t V-2s—Peter Alway

Friday, March 1, 2019

  • NAR Board of Trustees meeting   9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Radisson)
  • Registration Open   12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Radisson)
  • Opening Reception   7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (KSC Visitor Complex)
  • Late Night at NARCON   9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Radisson)
    • Manufacturers Forum 9:30 p.m. – until it’s over (Radisson)

Saturday, March 2 (all events at the Radisson Convention Center)

  • Registration Open   7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Vendor Room Open   8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Scale Model contest entries drop-off   no later than 8:30 a.m.
  • Morning Technical Sessions   8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Luncheon and Apollo Old Timers Panel   11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Afternoon Technical Sessions   2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Reception/Social Hour   6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Banquet and Astronaut Panel   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Scale Model pick-up   no later than 10:30 p.m.
  • Late Night at NARCON   9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    • Manufacturers Forum 9:15 p.m. – until it’s over (Radisson)

Sunday, March 3

  • Registration Open   7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Radisson)
  • NAR Town Hall   8:00 a.m. (Radisson)
  • Scale Model Contest Awards   8:45 a.m. (Radisson)
  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station motor coach tour   9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (departs from and returns to the Radisson)* Bus Tour registration is now closed. We have arranged for three busses and three great tour guides to entertain you with insider stories and detailed history of CCAFS.


Saturday, March 2 Presentation Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 AM

  • H1: HPR Staging Techniques—Dahlke
    (SALON II)
  • S1: Apollo Myths & Little-Known Facts—Oleszewski
  • R6: Museum of Flight G. Harry Stine Collection—Heidrick
  • R3: Building Model Rockets – Card Stock Shrouds—Michielssen

9:15 – 10:15 AM

  • R2: There Are No Secrets: Scale Modeling—Team USA Panel
    (SALON II)
  • H6: Towards Rocketry 2.0—Beans (repeats later)
  • S7: Beyond the V2: Less-known Rockets of WW II—Alway
  • R7: Slides of Rocketeer Reunion & NAR History Project—Ash

10:30 – 11:30 AM

  • R4: 3D Printing in Scale Model Building—Nowak
    (SALON II)
  • H4: BPS.Space Update—Barnard (repeats later)
  • S4: How Did the Cape Get Started?—Hilliard
  • S3: HAMR: Hypersonic flight test vehicle—Florida Tech team

2:00 – 3:00 PM

  • S6A: ULA Update / S6B: NASA Orion
    (SALON II)
  • H8: Wireless Launch Systems—Boyette
  • S5: America’s Photorecon Satellite Programs—Hilliard
  • R5: Centuri Summer: Adventures of an American Rocketeer—Poss

3:15 – 4:15 PM

  • H9: GPS Guided Recovery—Van Milligan & Houghton
    (SALON II)
  • H6: Towards Rocketry 2.0—Beans (repeat session)
  • S8: Apollo LM Descent Trajectory Design—Mohr
  • H5: Winning Strategy for the 2018 Hamster Dance—Rosenfield

4:30 – 5:30 PM

  • S2: What Were They Thinking? How to …A Space Mission—Dahlke
    (SALON II)
  • H4: BPS.Space Update—Barnard (repeat session)
  • H7: HPR Safety—Barber
  • H3: Satellite Dreams: Doing Group HPR Projects—Bundick


*Subject to change due to operational restrictions.

Additional tour events may be added pending KSC/CCAFS operational availability.