Team America Rocket Challenge 2016


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2016_Rocket_Contest_Rules1.pdf

TARC-2016-Team-Handbook1.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 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 in weight, 650 millimeters or more in length using NAR-certified model rocket motors totaling 80 N-sec or less of total impulse) that carries a payload of two Grade A Large eggs for a flight duration of 44-46 seconds, and to an altitude of exactly 850 feet (measured by an onboard altimeter), and that then returns the eggs to earth uncracked. Onboard timers are allowed; 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 2016 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
d.raimondi@sbcglobal.net, 408.997.2571 (h) or 408.742.5173 (w)
 

Central California TARC Team Mentor Volunteers:

David RaimondiSan Jose, CA408.742.5173d.raimondi@sbcglobal.net
William OrvisLivermore, CA925.443.8253orvis@compuserve.com
Cliff SojournerSunnyvale, CA408.737.9753cls@employees.org
Jack HagertyLivermore, CA 925.437.8543 jhagerty@juno.com
Alan ThymNewark, CA510-797-0246Apjthym5@aol.com
Ken BibaSan Francisco, CA415-577-5496Ken@bibafamily.com
Mike ParkerLos Gatos, CA408-355-3577tarcmentor@4parkers.com
Aaron StanleySacramento, CA916.949.9218RocketGuy1317@comcast.net

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

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.
DateTimeComments
12/2/2015
or 1000 registrants
  Registration Deadline
3/20/2016 Postponed to 3/26/2016 0900-1300 Launch - Nasa Ames
3/27/2016 0900-1300 Launch - Nasa Ames
4/8/2016   TARC Qualification Deadline
5/13/2016   Rockets on Hill Reception in Washington, D.C.
5/14/2016   TARC Finals, Great Meadow, The Plains, VA

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