MASA strives to hold one official club launch per
month, year-round, typically on the 4th Saturday.
Additional launches may be held during the summer months. (No
launch is held in December.) The official
launch schedule is published on the web site. Launch
reminders are sent to MASA members via email and schedules are sent
by regular mail (in the Planet newsletter) to those without
email. Launch dates are subject to change due to weather and
other factors, so it's always a good idea to check the web site for
the latest updates.
MASA launches may be held at any one of several
different locations: currently a park in
White Bear Lake, a park in St. Paul, or an athletic
field near Elk River. We're always looking for additional
launch sites. If you know of a possible site, please let us
know about it! We're especially looking for a new
high-power-capable launch site.
The locations of the various MASA launch sites may be viewed on
View MASA Launch Sites in a larger map
All MASA launches are subject to the NAR Safety Code
and MASA launch rules and procedures.
All rocket launches are under the scrutiny of the RSO and LCO on
duty. They have the final say - no exceptions.
"Sparky" type motors, such
as Aerotech Metalstorm, CTI/AMW Skidmark, or any other brand of
motor that emits showers of sparks, are NOT ALLOWED at any MASA
On NAR ranges, the default launch guide angle shall
be 5 degrees (approximately one inch per foot of launch guide) away
from spectators. For local conditions, this angle may be reset at
the discretion of the RSO.
You do not need to be a MASA member in order to
launch model rockets (weight under one pound and "D"
motors or smaller) at an official MASA launch. We do
require MASA membership if you wish to fly rockets that weigh more
than one pound or that use "E" or larger motors.
Persons wishing to fly High Power rockets ("H" motors or
larger) at MASA launches must have current MASA membership and NAR
or TRA membership as well as the corresponding High Power
Visitors and spectators are welcome at MASA
launches! Also, MASA members occasionally volunteer to assist
community groups, schools, Scouts, 4-H, etc with rocket stuff.
If you would like to inquire about how we can help you with a demo
launch or building session, please contact us. Please note
that we are
not set up to handle large groups (more than 10 people) coming to
our regular club launches. Please check the Outreach
page for more information.
For any additional questions, please check the Launch