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. Please note that the NARCON 2018 schedule is still evolving and subject to change. Any updates to the schedule will be posted here.


Friday, February 23

Friday events will begin at 6:30 PM, with registration opening at 5:00 PM.

NAR Town Meeting, presented by NAR President John Hochheimer

Joe Barnard of will present the Friday evening keynote 

Vendor Forum

Texas High Power Launch Beerloft (Andy Berger)


Saturday, February 24

Saturday events will begin at 9:00 AM, with registration opening at 8:30 AM.

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

Want to start your own rocket company? Here’s how to design a rocket kit for fun and for profit: Tim Van Milligan

NAR/Museum Of Flight exhibit update: Amy Heidrick and Pat Fitzpatrick

Building the Little Joe in 1/12 scale: James Duffy

Everything You Wanted To Know About Team USA, But Were Afraid To Ask: Kevin Johnson

The new National Rocketry Competition program: Glenn Feveryear

High Power Rocketry

John Beans: Developments in Rocketry Avionics

Gary Rosenfield: The Beginnings of High Power Rocketry

John DeMar: Recovery Options for Heavy Payloads

Dave Schaefer: Making Unusual Projects that Fly: Radio Control and High Power

Jim Jarvis: subject TBA

Chris Harris: subject TBA

Real Space

Student teams from Texas A&M and the University of Texas: developing high-performance rockets for the Experimental Sounding Rocket Competition (two-hour session)

Mark Bundick: Growing Up at Wallops Island

Matt Steele: Current Developments in Space Booster Technology

Pat McCarthy: Preparing for the Next Generation of Space Travel at Cape Canaveral

One other session to be announced


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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 at 10:00 AM Sunday, 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.

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