Team America Rocket Challenge 2015

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2015 Rocketry Challenge Finalists (pdf)

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2015 Rules

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, TARC Launch Coordinator, 408.997.2571 (h) or 408.742.5173 (w)

Central California TARC Team Mentor Volunteers:

David RaimondiSan Jose,
William OrvisLivermore,
Cliff SojournerSunnyvale,
Jack HagertyLivermore, CA 925.437.8543
Alan ThymNewark,
Ken BibaSan Francisco,
Mike ParkerLos Gatos,

A complete list of mentors can be found at the NAR website.

Central California TARC Team Peer Mentor Volunteers:

Aaron StanleySacramento,

Special TARC Launch Schedule

In addition to flying at the regular club launches, we will arrange to allow the TARC teams to fly at Nasa Ames in Mountain View. Please contact David Raimondi (above) for more information.
or 1000 registrants
  Registration Deadline
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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