i used to live in central California, but I moved. Though calif is awesomeMakes sense that people would like it fairly close to them. I wish it was just close enough to drive to. I'm in Southern California, so east coast would be a no-go for me. But, I understand; it moves around.
Yeah, beautiful place, sadly I had to move, but in NJ we do have a lot of beautiful farms, and many of these are large enough for High Altitude rockets!Lot's of open space in Central California. Here too in SoCal with the high desert but still have to travel pretty far for launches. My trip to Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) takes me about 3 1/2 hours one way if traffic is kind.
I've got my fingers crossed that someday there will be a NAR or TRA launch/event at SpacePort America (hint-hint). Currently, there are just university competition rocket events there.
Yes, A known one is Naval Air station museum in Cape May NJ. There is also a Naval engineering airfield in Lakehurst NJ, where the Hindenburg unfortunately crashed.Having been part of the group that organized the 2018 version of NARCON in Houston, I can shed some light on how the site for the event is selected. Over the past several years, the NAR has learned that NARCON attendance shoots way up if the event is held somewhere close to a aerospace history museum. Here are a few examples:
2014: Cocoa Beach (Kennedy Space Center)
2015: Seattle (Museum of Flight)
2016: Dayton (National Museum of the US Air Force)
2017: Northern Virginia (National Air & Space Museum)
2018: Houston (Space Center Houston)
2019: Cocoa Beach, again (Kennedy Space Center)
2020: Tucson (Pima Air Museum)
If your club is near a prominent aerospace museum and is willing to do the legwork to host the event, chances are that the NAR will award your section a bid to do so. During idle conversation at NARCON this past March during beerlofting we informally identified the following aerospace museums we would like to visit, and which might make good sites for future events:
Huntsville (Space & Rocket Center)
Los Angeles (California Science Center)
San Diego (San Diego Air & Space Museum)
Dallas (Frontiers of Flight Museum)
Hampton, VA (Virginia Air & Space Center/Wallops Island)
This list is in no way official or complete, but rather a wish list of sites that were mentioned while drinking adult beverages following the official events this year at NARCON. I see a desire for some to hold the event in New Jersey. Is there a nearby aerospace museum or site that might be of interest?
I would be totally down with a NARCON in Hawaii.Possibilities:
https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/ (the hangar has authentic battle damage)
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/c...fic_missile_range_facility_barking_sands.html (I know a guy)
The Las Cruces club hosted a very successful NARCON 8-10 years ago (I forget the specific year). A repeat event there would be entirely appropriate!First, I'm in Southern California not New Mexico, but how about there? You are probably in a much better position to approach clubs there than me.
I asked and the big guns on the USS Missouri no longer fire. However, you can rent the ship for events.I would be totally down with a NARCON in Hawaii.
One thing that should be mentioned is that NARCON is traditionally a non-flying event held in the winter, so there is no requirement to provide a flying field.
My wife and I attended a private event on aft deck of the Missouri a little over eight years ago. It was extraordinary, among the most remarkable evenings of my life. I'm told our little soiree for ~250 people cost about a quarter million dollars. I doubt the NAR has that kind of cheese hidden in the back of the larder.I asked and the big guns on the USS Missouri no longer fire. However, you can rent the ship for events.
Wallops is about 2 hours away from the Virginia Air and Space Center and will require going over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, $14 toll. The Wallops visitor center also has reduced hours outside the summer months.Hampton, VA (Virginia Air & Space Center/Wallops Island)