Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an aerospace design and engineering event for teams of US secondary school students (7th through 12th grades) run by the NAR and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Teams can be sponsored by schools or by non-profit youth organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, or Civil Air Patrol (but not the NAR or other rocketry organizations). The goal of TARC is to motivate students to pursue aerospace as an exciting career field, and it is co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, Estes Industries, the Department of Defense, and NASA. The event involves designing and building a model rocket (650 grams or less, using NAR-certified model rocket motors totaling 80 N-sec or less of total impulse) that carries a payload of one Grade A Large egg “on its side” in a body tube of no less than 60 millimeters diameter for a flight duration of 48 - 50 seconds, and to an altitude of exactly 750 feet (measured by an onboard altimeter), and that then returns the egg to earth uncracked using only a 15 inch diameter parachute as a recovery device. Onboard timers are allowed; radio-control and pyrotechnic charges are not.
See the NAR and AIA websites for the contest rules.
LUNAR is honored to support the TARC qualification launches again this year. TARC teams are welcome to participate in the regularly scheduled club launches. The launch fees are waived for all TARC teams. As the deadline approaches in April, special TARC are scheduled at Nasa Ames:
|David Raimondi||San Jose, CAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|William Orvis||Livermore, CAemail@example.com|
|Cliff Sojourner||Sunnyvale, CAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jack Hagerty||Livermore, CAemail@example.com|
|Alan Thym||Newark, CA||510-797-0246||Apjthym5@aol.com|
|Ken Biba||San Francisco, CA||415-577-5496||Ken@bibafamily.com|
|Mike Parker||Los Gatos, CAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
A complete list of mentors can be found at the NAR website.
|Aaron Stanley||Sacramento, CA||916.949.9218||RocketGuy1317@comcast.net|
or 750 registrants
|3/17/2013||0800-1300||Launch - Nasa Ames|
|3/24/2013||0800-1300||Launch - Nasa Ames|
|3/25/2013||TARC Qualification Deadline|
|5/11/2013||TARC Finals, Great Meadow, The Plains, VA|
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