SARA's Mission and History
SARA promotes the safe enjoyment of model and high power rocketry, encourages youth interest in science and engineering, increases awareness of the hobby among the general public, and and helps our community enjoy the sheer fun of model rocketry.
SARA is the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) section 545, formed in 1994 for those in Southern Arizona (e.g. Tucson and the rest of the state south of the Gila River). In October of 2005 SARA also became Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) prefecture 93.
We have members with a wide range of interests and skill levels, from beginners building their first model rockets to experts flying in high power rocketry projects.
Members donate countless hours working with youth groups and participating in educational science events.
SARA has permits to host monthly launches at our launch site near Picture Rocks, west of the Desert Museum, and also on Tucson's East Side in the southern section of Udall Park.
You can get all the details on our launch sites, range procedures, and schedule at our Launch Info page.
As we begin to return to a post-pandemic world, look to the SARA calendar of events for opportunities to come by to talk, ask questions, build rockets, get some help on your newest project.
SARA is collaborating with Rocketry Works, the premiere local rocketry shop, to host build sessions and in person tutorials.
It's a great opportunity to learn from experienced model rocketeers!
Your membership in the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association enables SARA to continue providing a safe environment for rocketry activities, improving and expanding the launch equipment and the facility at TIMPA.
In addition, members help us initiate and expand public communication and outreach programs promoting the safe enjoyment of model and high power rocketry, encouraging interest by youth in science and engineering and increasing awareness of the hobby among the general public that benefits both SARA and the community.
When you're a member, you receive advanced notice of available launch opportunities, reduced launch fees, and access to a community of knowledgeable rocketeers to help you enjoy this safe and educational hobby.