NARCON 2014 Photographs

I’ve uploaded some photos from the National Association of Rocketry’s 2014 NARCON convention in Cocoa Beach, Florida, to’s Photo Album.

NARCOM WelcomeThe three-day convention featured dozens of technical sessions, a lunch with local space legends, a vendor room, a dinner with three astronauts, and a behind-the-scene tour of Cape Canaveral.




Hey Vern!

Vern and Gleda EstesVern Estes and his wife, Gleda, will be guests at the upcoming National Association of Rocketry conference, NARCON 2014.

Born in St Joseph, Missouri, on January 4, 1930, Vernon Estes founded the most successful model rocket company, Estes.

Vern’s father owned Mile High Fireworks of Denver, Colorado, where Vern worked. Approached by G. Harry Stine and Orville Carlisle of Model Missiles Incorporated (MMI), Vern accepted the challenge of building a machine to automate the process of manufacturing model rocket motors.

Operated remotely and powered with compressed air, “Mabel,” as Vern nicknamed the machine, produced a rocket motor in 5.5 seconds.

When MMI folded a few years later, Estes formed Estes Industries to produce model rocket kits, parts, and motors.

Estes sold his interest in Estes Industries in 1969.

NARCON 2014 will be held February 28 through March 2 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Central Florida Hosts NARCON 2014

Narcon 2014COCOA BEACH, Fla. – The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) will convene its next annual national convention, known as NARCON, on Florida’s Space Coast during the weekend of Feb. 28 to March 2, 2014.

NARCON 2014 will feature technical sessions related to building and flying model rockets, related exhibits, a dinner featuring a “Meet the Astronauts” opportunity, and guest speakers drawn from some of the local “space legends.”

“Hosting NARCON 2014 here on the Space Coast is just a natural,” said Patrick McCarthy, chairman of the NARCON 2014 organizing committee and director of spaceport operations for Space Florida, the state’s space agency.

“Our focus will be on the past, present and future of rocketry at all levels – from the beginning model rocketeer to the professionals flying the real deal all the way to Earth orbit and beyond,” McCarthy said.

Tours of nearby Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will be available, and an opening reception will be held at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum History Center.

The International Palms Resort and Conference Center in Cocoa Beach will serve as the beachfront host to NARCON 2014. More than 100 model rocketeers from around the nation are expected to attend.