Northern Illinois
Rocketry Association

NAR Section 117

Welcome to NIRA!

Upcoming Events

Next meeting: July 24th (online)

Next launch: July 19th ???

In accordance NAR policy and DuPage FPD's guidance, all NIRA launches are cancelled, still. There is current discussion about a protocol that might allow a July launch, but it hasn't been finalized or approved by DFP yet. Further, all meetings at our host, the Schaumburg Regional Airport, have been cancelled until further notice. SRA is evaluating the changing situation month by month.


A message for members from the NIRA treasurer

As you all know, NIRA asks its members to pay annual dues, which support our field permit fees and cover other expenses such as maintaining our website, equipment replacement, etc. Dues are typically assessed at the beginning of the year and I send out reminders by email.

Thank you to all of our members who have paid dues this year.

As some of you have noticed, I have not been sending the usual reminders this year. The COVID-19 situation has been a challenge for everyone, and we have been in a holding pattern with the Forest Preserve District regarding the ability to obtain permits and make use of the field. So, the most important reason to assess dues - permit fees - has not been an expense so far this year, and it seems reasonable not to assess dues to members when they aren't getting the benefit of the use of the field. But, most of the members have already paid dues for this year, and it is cumbersome to refund their dues only to collect them again six months from now, or whenever launching resumes.

The club has discussed this in the last two meetings. Here's what we have decided.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Of course anyone who would like their 2020 dues refunded, please contact me directly and I will be happy to return your payment.

Thank you to all who support this club.


Since 1963 the Northern Illinois Rocketry Association (NIRA) has been bringing together rocket hobbyists from all over the greater Chicago area. Throughout the year our members participate in regular monthly meetings, club launches, and a variety of special activities. We range in age from the young to the young at heart, and include beginners as well as dedicated hobbyists with over 35 years of hobby rocketry experience. Whatever your sport rocket interests or skill level, you'll find a welcome home at NIRA.

Fly Your Whole Collection

NIRA members build and fly model and high power rockets, competition models, radio controlled rocket gliders, scale models and oddrocs of all sizes, shapes and description. Visit our Photo Galleries to see some of the rockets we fly and photos from some of our launch events and meetings.

Pick Up New Ideas

NIRA members regularly share their latest discoveries through presentations at club meetings, discussion at after-meeting dinners, email lists, and local, national, and international convocations. Are you looking for answers on how to best apply that special paint? Need some pointers on fiberglass techniques? Want to know how to trim your helicopter rocket? Check out the action at a NIRA event. Ask some questions. You'll get hooked up in no time.

Share Your Ideas

You may have some hobby techniques of your own or other special knowledge that you'd like to share with the club. The floor is always open at NIRA meetings for members to help each other out with tips and tricks.

Additionally, many members attend national conventions such as NAR's NARCON. NIRA, together with the Fox Valley Rocketeers, holds our own annual get together, NIRCON, in February ... except when scheduling and planning conspire to delay it until March!

Open To Anyone

You may have flown rockets as a kid. You may be discovering rockets for the first time. You may not even own any rockets, but are just interested in the science. NIRA welcomes anyone interested in sport rocketry to join us.

To join our club, simply print and mail a membership application. For information please refer to our contact list. We look forward to seeing you and talking rockets!