TARC 2017 – Team America Rocketry Challenge New Rules Now Available

I have updated the TARC page with the new rules for TARC 2016.

In brief:

  • Submit an application for a team of three to ten students (grades 7-12) before December 2, 2016.
  • Build a model rocket that carries one raw egg to an altitude of 800 feet, and safely returns the portion of the rocket carrying the egg and altimeter using a single parachute. The rest of the rocket must be safely returned using a recovery device of the team’s choice.
  • The target airborne duration time is for between 41 to 43 seconds
  • get as close to the target altitude
  • The rocket must have a gross liftoff weight of no more than 650 grams, a minimum length of 650 millimeters, and be powered by commercial rocket motor(s) of class “F” or smaller with no more than 80 N-sec of total impulse across all motors.
  • the rocket must be built using two different diameter tubes – lower portion maximum 42mm / 1.65inches (BT60) and the upper portion maximum big enough to contain the egg. Overall length 650mm / 25.6inches. There are minimum lengths to each section.
  • All of the rocket must be painted or finished by the team
  • Fly your rocket for an official qualification score between September 1, 2016 and April 3, 2017.
  • If your score from the sum of two flights is one of the 100 best, you will be invited to compete for a share of the $100,000 prize package in a national fly-off on May 13, 2017 with rain date of May 14, 2017.
  • The overall winning team will travel to the United Kingdom to complete in the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at the Farnborough Air Show in July.

Full details at http://www.rocketcontest.org/

Registrations opens September 1, 2016.

Thanks to Trip Barber for the details.