About Rocketry

  • What is “NAR”?
    The National Association of Rocketry.  Founded in 1957, it is the oldest and largest amateur rocketry organization in the US. They host events and launches covering a broad spectrum of amateur rocketry, including low, mid, and high power launches, as well as competitive rocketry and education outreach.
  • What is “TRA”?
    The Tripoli Rocket Association.  Officially established as a non-profit in 1986, but with origins going back to the 1960’s, Tripoli is a national rocketry organization dedicated to high power rocketry in particular. TRA hosts some of the largest high power launches in the country.
  • Where can I fly rockets?
    The best place to fly is with us! We hold public launches six months out of the year. We have a launch site in Brothers, OR for high power launches, and a few locations closer to Portland for low and mid power launches. Our current low power site is Garden Home Park in Southwest Portland. We also hold one launch every year in Sheridan, OR that is the perfect spot for low power, mid power, and even some high power rockets. Always check our calendar for updates, as we are always on the lookout for new fields.
  • Where can my kids fly model rockets?
    The whole family is welcome at OregonRocketry launch events. For younger kids, the low power launches at Garden Home are perfect. Check our calendar for up to date event info.
  • What are the limits to flying rockets?
    Regulation of amateur rockets falls under FAR101 regulations. The location, site dimensions, and size of the rocket and the motor all factor in to when and where you can launch. Landowner permission is also required. For more information, you can view the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code.
  • Can I fly rockets on school grounds or in city parks?
    We cannot endorse flying model rockets outside of NAR or TRA sanctioned launches. You wouldn’t be covered by the organization’s insurance, and as stated above, you need the land owner’s permission. As recently as March 2019, Portland Parks and Recreation confirmed it still does not allow the use of city park property to launch model rockets, in accordance with Parks and Rec (Title 20) City Code.  If you try to use public land to fly rockets somewhere besides Portland, check with the proper authorities before you fly.