Mark your calendar. The Northeast Florida Association of Rocketry (NEFAR) hosts it’s annual Bunnell Blast two-day rocket launch in November. The launch, near Daytona Beach, Florida, begins at 9:00am on Saturday, November 9, and continues on Sunday, November 10. On Saturday, the sport and research launch extends until after dusk to incorporate night launches.
Traditionally, Bunnell Blast has been the time when rocketry hobbyists debut their biggest and most challenging projects.
COCOA 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.