NARCON 2018 will offer three days of events for rocketry enthusiasts to choose from, with separate tracks focusing on model rocketry, high power rocketry, and real space. In addition, National Association of Rocketry members and friends can take part in a Town Hall meeting where they can learn about recent NAR issues and developments, as well as ask questions of the NAR leadership. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit Space Center Houston, which offers tours of certain elements of NASA's historic Johnson Space Center. Note that this event has ended, and the information here is presented for archival purposes.


Friday, February 23

Registration will be open from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Atlantis foyer)

NAR Town Meeting, presented by NAR President John Hochheimer (6:30 PM, Discovery Ballroom)

Joe Barnard of will present the Friday evening keynote (7:30 PM, Discovery Ballroom)

Vendor Forum (8:30 PM, Discovery Ballroom)

Vendor Room open (9:45 PM - 10:30 PM, Atlantis 1 & 2)


Saturday, February 24

Registration will be open from 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Atlantis foyer)

Presentations will be organized into three tracks from which participants can pick and choose. All banquet registrants will gather Saturday evening for a special keynote presentation from five-time astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski.  In addition to having flown model rockets as a youth, Dr. Parazynski is the only human to have both flown into space and stood on the summit of Mount Everest.  He is the author of the book "The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed," published by Little A Books.

Model Rocketry

Team America Rocketry Challenge and How to Win It: Trip Barber (9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Atlantis 3)

Want To Start Your Own Rocket Company? Here’s How To Design a Rocket Kit For Fun And For Profit: Tim Van Milligan (10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Atlantis 3)

G. Harry Stine Collection Project Update: Amy Heidrick, Museum of Flight (11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, Atlantis 3)

Building the Little Joe in 1/12 scale: James Duffy (1:30 PM - 2:20 PM, Atlantis 3)

Everything You Wanted To Know About Team USA, But Were Afraid To Ask: Kevin Johnson (2:30 PM - 3:20 PM, Atlantis 3)

The New National Rocketry Competition Program: Glenn Feveryear (3:45 PM - 4:35 PM, Atlantis 3)

High Power Rocketry

Next Generation Completely Non-pyrotechnic Dual Deployment: John Beans (9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Gemini 1 & 2)

Making Unusual Projects That Fly: Going Beyond 3 or 4 Fins and a Nose Cone: Unconventional Shapes, High Power and Radio Control. A Methodology for Success: Dave Schaefer (10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Gemini 1 & 2)

100K' My Way: Jim Jarvis (11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, Gemini 1 & 2)

The Decision Points in an L3 Rocket Design: Ron Parsons and Ken Carey (1:30 PM - 2:20 PM, Gemini 1 & 2)

The Beginnings of High Power Rocketry: Gary Rosenfield (2:30 PM - 3:20 PM, Gemini 1 & 2)

Taking Your Project a Step Further With Tracking, Video and Leveraging Your Local Maker Space: Chris Harris (3:45 PMM - 4:35 PM, Gemini 1 & 2)

Texas High Power Launch Beerloft: Andy Berger (Luna Lounge, 9:30 PM)

Real Space

Cape Canaveral Spaceport: The Next Generation: Pat McCarthy (9:00 AM - 9:50 AM, Atlantis 4)

Current Developments in Space Booster Technology: Matt Steele (10:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Atlantis 4)

Preparing for the 2018 Spaceport America Cup - Perspectives from University of Texas, Texas A&M and Rice University and their mentors (Two sequential sessions, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM and 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM, Atlantis 4)

718 Days in Orbit: Dyna-Soar's Military Mission Legacy to the X-37B: Dr. Roy Houchin (2:30 PM - 3:20 PM, Atlantis 4)

Growing Up at Wallops Island: Mark Bundick (3:45 PM - 4:35 PM, Atlantis 4)

Air-Launching NASA Satellites from the South Pacific: Will Marchant, UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab (4:45 PM - 5:35 PM, Atlantis 4)


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Sunday, February 25

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour Space Center Houston.  NAR member, master modeler, and aerospace historian John Pursley will lead a very special "walk-around" tour of the Saturn V on display at the Johnson Space Center, highlighting elements of the multi-year conservation project in which he participated. You can learn more about John's history with the Saturn V on his website. There will be two identical walk-around sessions on Sunday morning at 10;00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Tickets for Space Center Houston may be purchased upon entry or in advance.