About VAST

Who Are We?

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Valley AeroSpace Team  (VAST) is a chartered Prefecture of the Tripoli Rocketry Association (Tripoli Western Virginia #36) and a chartered Section of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR Section #687).


What Do We Do?

The Valley AeroSpace Team  holds meetings, workshops, and launches for the purpose of aiding and encouraging all those interested in rocketry. We also strive to increase public understanding and interest in rocketry by engaging in fun, scientific, and educational activities.


Why Hobby Rocketry?

Since we can’t all work for NASA or simply catch a ride into space, we’re left with doing the very next best thing…launch our own. The thrill of watching something you've built streak out of sight riding a tail of flame and smoke is hard to beat. Whether they’re small model rockets or the larger, high-powered versions, they’re all fun and educational. Rocketry is an activity enjoyed by families and enthusiasts of all ages. People from all walks of life enjoy this hobby.


Is Hobby Rocketry Safe?

Following strict safety codes has made rocketry one of the safest recreational activities available. Under the umbrella of our two national sanctioning organizations, the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), Valley AeroSpace Team  members launch rockets ranging from small scale models to custom designed high power rockets.


Who Can Join Us?

Membership is open to all persons interested in rocketry and/or related subjects and sciences. Members are encouraged to join either TRA or NAR to support the hobby, but it is not required for VAST membership. If interested in joining, just fill out and submit our online VAST Membership Form.


Why Join Us?

As a Valley AeroSpace Team  Member, you’ll receive:


  • Complete access to all VAST Launches, Meetings, and Build Sessions
  • Participation with VAST Outreach opportunities
  • Use of club equipment such as motor hardware, GPS tracker, and Chute Release
  • 10% discount on rocketry items at The Dragon's Hoard hobby shop in Staunton, Virginia


What Does the Membership Fee Cover?

Like most clubs and organizations, there are overhead costs that have to be paid on a regular basis. Here are a few of VAST's expenses:


  • Chartering fees associated with the national organizations
  • Club equipment purchasing & maintenance
  • Launch Site Insurance & Amenities (porta-potty)
  • Promotional fees
  • Administrative & Website fees
  • It also helps fund the many outreach activities that VAST conducts all over Virginia.



Feel free to contact us and ask any questions you may have. The Valley AeroSpace Team welcomes all questions and comments and will get back to you as soon as possible. If you’d rather ask a question in person, plan to attend the next meeting or launch.