Organizations > Minnesota Amateur Spacemodeler Association (MASA)
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The Minnesota Amateur Spacemodeler Association, MASA, is a rocket club with members throughout the Minneapolis / St. Paul (Twin Cities) metropolitan area and surrounding regions. MASA was officially formed in January 1998, and it became section #576 of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) shortly thereafter.
MASA has certainly grown since that time. During that first year, attendance at club launches grew from a handful of people to dozens! There are MASA members with interests in nearly every segment of the hobby. As of January 2003, MASA had 65 paid memberships; more than half of those were family memberships including up to four people! MASA was even featured in an article in the March/April 1999 issue of Sport Rocketry magazine.
MASA typically has one official club launch per month, year-round (except in December). We also try to have additional launches during our wonderfully brief Minnesota summers. A club meeting is held once per month. Visitors, spectators, and prospective members are welcome at club launches and meetings.
MASA welcomes model rocketeers of all ages. We do not require that you belong to the NAR in order to join MASA. However, for serious rocketeers, we do encourage NAR membership. Many MASA members do belong to the NAR, and some members belong to both the NAR and the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) Many of these members are active in both MASA and the Minnesota Tripoli Prefectures.
Updated: November 6, 2007