NARAM 2000 Announcement (9/2/1999)
NARAM-2000 Returns to Colorado for a Sixth Time!
By Tim Van Milligan
NARAM-2000 Publicity Chairman
It is official, the 42nd annual NARAM will be held in Colorado.
The NAR Board of Directors has voted to award the event to the two
Colorado clubs of C.R.A.S.H. (Denver) and C.O.S.R.O.C.S. (Colorado
Springs). The dates are July 29 through August 4, 2000.
The primary purpose of NARAM is to host a rocketry competition
championship to select the best modelers in different age brackets,
as well as the best teams and clubs. The events in this contest are:
Research and Development
Giant Sport Scale
D Engine Superroc Altitude
4XA Engine Cluster Altitude (no airstarts and no boosted darts
C Engine Eggloft Duration
1/4A Engine Parachute Duration (Multi-round)
A Engine Boost Glider Duration
B Engine Streamer Duration
1/2A Engine Helicopter Duration
D Engine Rocket Glider Duration
The rules to these contest events can be found on the NAR's web
site at: www.nar.org. The
Contest Director is Ken Mizoi. He can be reached at (303)-368-5209
The site for NARAM-2000 is a 400 acre field that is owned by Vern
Estes, the original founder of Estes Industries. In honor of Vern,
the site has been named "Vernon Estesland" by the two host
clubs. Vernon Estesland is located between the two Colorado cities
of Canon City, and Penrose. It is about 38 miles southwest of
On rocket range number two at Estesland will be the sport and
high power field. The sport launch starts the weekend before the
contest and runs the entire seven days of the event. The large field
can handle most any size models, and a waiver to 10,000 feet AGL
will be in place throughout the week, with windows to even higher
In cooperation with the US Space Foundation and the Civil Air
Patrol, NARAM-2000 will also play host to an educational rocketry
convention. At this special convention, teachers from all over the
US will come in and be taught how model rocketry can be used to
motivate students to learn. They will be taught the finer points of
rocketry like: how to track a rocket to measure its altitude, using
a computer to design a rocket, and how to perform a launch with
large groups of students. If you wish to help out with this event,
please contact Tim Van Milligan If you know a teacher that would
like to attend and who needs some extra college credit, please tell
them to visit the NARAM 2000 web site.
At this time, the two clubs are setting up a variety of special
events to coincide with the NARAM launches. This will include tours
of the factories where the real space launch vehicles are assembled.
More information on these activities and other exciting events will
be forthcoming, and will be posted on the special web site:
The web site also contains information on how to register for the
event, as well as hotel information and info on local attractions.
We urge people that are interested to make hotel reservations by
early fall, as summer in Colorado is peak tourist season, and hotel
rooms become filled quickly.
This event is open to all modelers, teachers, students, and space
enthusiasts. It is not necessary to participate in the contest to
enjoy all the activities surrounding this big event.