Southern Thunder is organized by three regional clubs, the Music City Missile Club (Tennessee), the Huntsville Area Rocketry Association (Alabama) and Southern Area Rocketry (Georgia). These clubs are affiliated with the two major national and international rocketry associations (the National Association of Rocketry and the Tripoli Rocketry Association, an international group). Each year, more than 200 rocketeers and their families from across the country attend the event, watching over 400 flights ranging in altitude from a few hundred feet to over 2 miles.
A local club and 2017 lead coordinator, the Music City Missile Club (MC2), represents members from Middle and Eastern Tennessee and Alabama. A proud member of the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, MC2 conducts monthly launches attended by the three clubs and students from colleges including: Vanderbilt, Fisk, the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama, the University of Louisville, the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee Tech and Georgia Tech. We support NASA’s Student Launch Initiative, a university level rocketry competition. MC2 supports the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). We also actively support the scientific activities of organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in local schools.