TARC Team America Rocketry Challenge


TARC - Team America Rocketry Challenge

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Now Available - 2017 Rules

Contest Background

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world's largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). It was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but the enthusiasm about the event was so great that AIA and NAR were asked to hold the contest annually.

Approximately 7,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. Teams design, build and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace.

The top 100 teams, based on local qualification flights, are invited to Washington, DC in May for the national finals. Prizes include $60,000 in cash and scholarships split between the top 10 finishers. NASA invites top teams to participate in their Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program. AIA member companies, such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have sponsored additional prizes such as scholarship money and a trip to an international air show.

TARC is becoming bigger and better every year with the attendees and prizes growing annually. Register now to be a part of the excitement!


Sunward has a large number of supplies for use in building your TARC rocket. Sorry, but we don't carry engines at this time.

They are not required for 2017, but 15" round TARC 2013 Rules compliant parachute is in stock and ready for shipping.

You can use the menu on the side for links to all kits and supplies or the site map.

Official Rules and Resources:


Official TARC 2017 rules

Brief Summary

The rules for TARC 2017 offer a new challenge to the student teams. The flight goal is now to fly 1 egg in a any position to a precise altitude and duration.

Please check the official site for up to date rules.

Deadline for TARC 2017 registration is December 12, 2014

Complete details: from rocketcontest.org

Streamer Calculations pdf file

Streamer Recovery Tutorial pdf file

Join the Yahoo TARC Group

Summary of 2017 Rules

  • All rockets must be built and flown in accordance with the Model Rocket Safety Code of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), any applicable regulations
  • 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.

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