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.


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.