2015 Rocketry Challenge Finalists (pdf)
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 nonprofit 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 for a flight duration of 46 - 48 seconds, and to an altitude of exactly 800 feet (measured by an onboard altimeter), and that then returns the egg to earth uncracked. The portion of the rocket containing the egg and altimeter must return to the ground safely with a single parachute of any size as its sole recovery device. The portion of the rocket containing the rocket motor must return separately and safely, not connected in any manner to the portion containing the egg and altimeter, using a recovery device of the teamís choice. One onboard altimeter is required; radio-control and pyrotechnic charges are not.
See the NAR and AIA websites for the contest rules.
Note: Some of the links on the NAR and AIA websites point to previous years rules. Make sure you have the 2015 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 1000 registrants
|3/22/2015||0900-1300||Launch - Nasa Ames|
|3/29/2015||0900-1300||Launch - Nasa Ames|
|3/30/2015||TARC Qualification Deadline|
|5/9/2015||TARC Finals, Great Meadow, The Plains, VA|
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