Washington Aerospace Club
National Association of Rocketry Section 578
Tripoli Rocketry Association Prefecture 41

Washington Aerospace Club is the largest hobby rocketry club in Washington state. Active since 1997 and based in Puyallup, WA, the club has members in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Washington Aerospace Club (WAC) is dedicated to safely designing, constructing, and flying hobby rockets while learning the underlying science and math that permits them to fly. The club supports all aspects of rocketry including model, mid-power, high-power and amateur rocketry at all levels.

Washington Aerospace Club is a rocketry club affiliated with two national organizations: the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA).

The club meets the first Saturday of each month either in Puyallup or Redmond and newcomers are always welcome. Meetings are an opportunity to meet other rocketeers, hear and see the latest in the hobby, and share stories and questions concerning projects or designs.

WHAT IS A HOBBY ROCKET?

A hobby or sport rocket is a reusable, lightweight, non-metallic flight vehicle that is propelled vertically by an electrically-ignited, commercially-made, nonexplosive solid fuel rocket motor. Hobby rockets are always designed and built to be returned safely to the ground with the intent of being reused. Hobby rockets are legal under the laws and regulations of all 50 states and the Federal government although some local jurisdictions may have restrictions limiting their use.

Founded in 1957, hobby rocketry has grown worldwide with over 12 million flights flown each year. The sport is also used in over 25,000 schools in the U.S. In well over 750 million flights since the founding of the hobby, there has never been a death caused by the flight of a sport rocket. Injuries have been very rare and generally minor, especially when compared to other outside activities.

Joining Washington Aerospace Club has the advantage of providing newcomers and experienced fliers both the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. The club is a resource for "all things rocketry". Additionally, affiliation with NAR and TRA provides safety and educational guidance in helping fliers become certified at increasingly challenging levels of hobby rocketry. Both organizations support three levels of certification leading to bigger and more powerful rockets.

Through outreach programs at schools, scouts and churches, WAC works hard to foster a young person's interest in science and math by promoting rocketry as a safe, educational group activity. Local members have participated nationally in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) with some teams receiving national recognition with their projects.

Membership is $40 annually. To join Washington Aerospace, please fill out a membership form or join us at a launch or meeting.


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