Blast off 2019 — Flight Types & Rules

 
 

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General Event Rules

  1. All rockets must pass pre-flight design and inspection check in order to enter the competition.

  2. All rockets must make a safe, stable flight to qualify.

Team Rules

  1. Teams will be allowed a single official flight in each event.

  2. Each school may enter no more than one team for each event (type of flight).

  3. The contest is open to students in grades 6 – 12. Students may be enrolled in a public, private, charter, or parochial school; home school students (individuals) are also eligible to compete. Teams may also be sponsored by organizations such as Civil Air Patrol.

  4. All student teams must be accompanied by a team teacher with the same school/club affiliation.

Competitive Flights

A-Engine Parachute (Duration)

  1. Models must be recovered by one (1) parachute

  2. Models must fly with an A-power engine (1.26 – 2.5 Newton-seconds total impulse) on the TARC-approved engine list

  3. Rockets must be single-stage and may use only a single engine

B-Engine Streamer (Duration)

  1. Models must be recovered by one (1) streamer made from paper or plastic material

  2. Models must fly with a B-power engine (2.51 – 5.0 Newton-seconds total impulse) on the TARC approved engine list.

  3. If streamer tears or separates from the model, it will be disqualified.

  4. Streamer must be a least a 10:1 length to width ratio and attachment point on streamer must be on the narrow end.

  5. Rockets must be single stage and may use only a single engine.

C-Engine Egg Lofting (Duration)

  1. Models must be recovered by one (1) parachute.

  2. Models must fly with a C-power engine (5.01 – 10.0 Newton-seconds total impulse) on the TARC approved engine list.

  3. Rockets must be single stage and may use only a single engine.

  4. Eggs will be provided.

  5. Rockets must be allowed to land without human intervention (i.e., they cannot be caught). If a rocket is caught, the flight will be disqualified.

  6. After recovery, rockets must be presented to the Returns Table with the egg capsule sealed. Capsule is to be opened in the presence of an official judge and the egg presented to the judge, who will inspect it for damage. If there is any external damage to the egg, the flight will be disqualified.

Spot Landing Flight (Target Distance)

  1. Models may use a streamer or parachute for recovery; recovery system must be at least partially deployed.

  2. Any engine 1/2A – C (0.626 – 10.0 Newton-seconds) may be used; engines must be on the TARC-approved engine list.

  3. Spot landing target consists of a flat discus, 3-ft diameter. Blast-Off will provide a landing target, (Disc, 3-ft diameter). Teams are welcome to bring their own target (design and print a round poster, 3-ft diameter), and show school spirit. Think drone photography!

  4. Teams place the landing target BEFORE mounting the rocket for launch.

  5. For scoring, the distance from the closest component of the rocket to the center of the circle

  6. Rockets must be single stage.

TARC Demonstration Flight (Non-Competition Activity)

  1. Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finalists may launch their TARC competition rockets for demonstration purposes

  2. TARC 2019 rules will be followed

  3. TARC teams will be responsible for providing their own eggs and altimeters

 
 
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