South Louisiana Rocketry (SOLAR) is simply the official name for
a friendly group of rocketry enthusiasts based in South
Louisiana. While launches are typically held in the Baton
Rouge area, the club has members who regularly make the drive in
from New Orleans, Lafayette, and Ponchatoula as well as other
parts of the state.
HISTORY OF SOLAR
got its start in the late 90's when a group of guys from the Baton
Rouge area started communicating via the internet about starting a
rocketry club. The first launch was held in Port Allen at the
field adjacent to the Port of Baton Rouge and Alexandria Park.
Records show those in attendance at the inaugural launch included Joe
Alain, Steve Kennedy, Steve Sliger along with some of their family
members. That launch however proved to be the only launch at that
site as it was suggested the future launches be held at the field near
the Tinseltown theater in Baton Rouge. After that, virtually all
official SOLAR launches took place at that location until, during the
last year, when several launches were held in Luling, LA.
Participation in SOLAR launches does not require
membership but the club does encourage it.
Membership fees simply help to cover the annual
section (club) fee charged by the National
Association of Rocketry (NAR) to keep our
charter which provides such things as insurance
at club sanctioned launches and aid and
assistance in regards to legal and regulatory
issues. NAR membership is not required to
become a member of SOLAR, although it is also
encouraged for those with a strong interest in
the hobby. SOLAR membership fees are
$5/year for adults and $2.50/year for youths 15
years old and younger.