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  • SoAR Mill Springs Launch
    Saturday, October 8
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Alpharetta, GA
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    Thursday, October 13
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Online via Zoom
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    Most of our launches are open to the public and free to attend. You can come and just watch, or you can join in!  Starter sets and kits suitable for ages 8 to adult are available at local stores.  You don’t need a launcher or launch system — we provide that! We can show you how to set up your rocket, and one of our on-site vendors can provide engines (we call em’ motors!) and any other last minute supplies.

    Latest News

    September Dawsonville Launch Report

    September Dawsonville Launch Report

    At SoAR’s first Fall launch event at Dawsonville on September 24th the blue skies, moderate temperatures, and mild winds enticed forty-nine participants to come out and launch 146 rockets. Civil Air Patrol cadets added to the busy time out on the launch pads keeping the pace of action going throughout the morning and afternoon. The excellent weather also brought out many families with many new...

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    Turkey & GRITS Coming In November

    Turkey & GRITS Coming In November

    It's that time of year again, with rocketeers from all over the south getting ready to attend Turkey & GRITS 2022 in Nashville, GA just outside of Tifton, GA, on Thanksgiving Weekend. All types of hobby rockets will take to the skies: model rockets, mid power, and high power up to 14000 feet! Registration is now open. Cost to attend both days is $35, while the single day fee is $20.

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    July Dawsonville Launch Report

    July Dawsonville Launch Report

    At the July 23rd launch event in Dawsonville there were ninety-six launches accomplished by twenty-two participants. Field conditions were welcoming with recently mowed grass in the parking and launching areas at a level that you would find in a front lawn - nice. Field conditions in the greater recovery areas were a bit rougher but still allowed relatively easy navigating and sighting of...

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    About SoAR

    Who are we?

    SoAR is the National Association of Rocketry chartered club for model rocket enthusiasts in North Georgia. For twenty-five years we have provided a proving ground for techniques, training, and safe launch support. SoAR welcomes all ages and skill levels.

    What are sport rockets?

    In simplest terms, a sport rocket is a flying model that takes off vertically under rocket power, climbing to great heights before deploying a parachute or other recovery method to slow the return of the model to the ground, ready to fly again. These models can be a few inches tall and weigh less than an ounce, or they can be up to 20 feet tall and weigh over 500 pounds.

    Where do we launch?

    We meet at Mill Springs Academy in Milton on the second Saturday of each month to fly model rockets.  Because that field is a bit on the small side, we try to meet again on the fourth Saturday at a larger field to fly larger model rockets.  That might be near Dawsonville, Taylorsville, or it may be in South Georgia (where the really big fields are!).

    Where Can I Fly My Rocket?

    A dilemma faced by many: “I, or my son or daughter, received a model rocket for Christmas (or birthday, or graduation, or other occasion). Where do we go to launch it?”  So here is a short guide to flying a model rocket in the metro Atlanta area.

    First of all, understand that most park systems in the metro area have rules against flying objects of any type. Sometimes you can go fly a rocket or two in your local park, but at some point a friendly park or police officer will come by and say you can’t do that.

    That said, there is one park where we have gotten assurances that model rockets are allowed: Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Rd near the Chattahoochee River. The entrance to the park is in front of the Johns Creek Environmental Campus; just follow the signs back to the park. Garrard Landing is suitable for the average Estes beginner rockets.

    Schools, church athletic fields, and, of course, private property can sometimes be used if you approach the appropriate people first.

    The best advice we can give is for you to wait and attend one of SoAR’s launches, where you don’t have to worry about permission, or even whether your launch equipment works, since we provide it, along with free recovery wadding (if you don’t know what that is yet, don’t worry)!

    We try to have two launches a month: one in Alpharetta for smaller model rockets, and one at another location for all model rockets. And then we have our GRITS launch in south Georgia at Thanksgiving for rockets of all types.

    And keep checking the web site. You never know when we’ll find other locations where we can fly.