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F.L.A.R.E. , The Fellowship of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts was formed in 1994 as the “Las Cruces Aerospace Club”. The original focus was not just model rocketry, also astronomy, space exploration, science fiction, and space modeling. In 1998, members changed the club's name, and decided to focus on rocketry. Founding members included Jim Basler, Bob Badzik, Aaron Gibbs, Dave Hendon, and Paul Gomez.

FLARE is a registered non-profit club affiliated with both the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). These National Rocketry organizations foster contest rocketry and educational activities, some in conjunction with NASA and the National Science Foundation.

FLARE offers high quality monthly events in sport rocketry to the general public. We also conduct high-power rocketry events most months. FLARE offers open rocket building workshops several times a year. Launch events are NAR or Tripoli insured and are supervised by safety officers.

FLARE works with MESA, SEMAA, RASSI, and science and technology teachers in our Schools, to offer professional quality rocket building and launching activities designed to inspire excitement in young people. All activities are safe, supervised, and family-friendly.


Want to Join? Please come to one of our regular launches and say hi. We can supply a Membership form and answer any questions you have about the club and the hobby. You may also sign up below.

Member dues are collected annually:

  • Individual membership is $10.00 per year
  • Family membership is $15.00 per year.

Membership benefits include access to our member forums, most* HPR launches, special events, and a whole lotta rocketry experience and good humor.

* Some launches may require NAR or TRA membership.

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President: Thomas Kindig 575.201.3336, tokind at gmail dot com
Vice President: James M Basler
Secretary: Joe Pfeiffer
Treasurer: Gloria Kindig education at flare-rocketry dot com
Director: Russell Payne
Director: Jim Basler, Sr.
Director: Denzil Burnam

Contact Us

Call Thomas @ (575) 201-3336, or you may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Upcoming Events

Sport Launch

FLARE Sport rocket launch at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 3rd at the Waterfalls Launch site. The business meeting will follow at 11:30 at Los Compass on Commerce drive.

HPR Launch

High Power Rocket launch at the SMRA Launch Site in Alamogordo on Saturday, February 17. The launch begins at 9:00 and ends when we run out of motors or fair wind conditions.


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