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Team America Rocketry Challenge for 2015/2016


  • Design, build and fly a single-stage rocket capable of lofting two single raw chickenís egga to 850 feet and keeping them aloft for 44-46 seconds. The rocket can be no less than 650 milliliters (25.6 inches) in length and the total liftoff weight cannot exceed 650 grams. The rocket motor(s) used cannot exceed 80 N-seconds total. All parts of the rocket must return to the ground safely as a single connected set, using a recovery device of the teams chosing. The eggs must be recovered undamaged.

  • Altitude is determined by a barometric altimeter available from the TARC official vendor,

  • Altidute score will be the altitude difference (850 feet minus actual altitude). Differences are absolute. For instance, altitudes of 825 feet and 875 feet are both 25 feet from the target altitude and yield the same score (25).

  • Timing is from first motion of rocket to the time the rocket lands. No human intervention (catching) is allowed.

  • Flights with a duration time between 46 and 48 seconds will receive a duration score of zero.

  • Duration scores for times over 48 seconds will be the difference between the actual time and 48 seconds multiplied times 4.

  • Duration score for times below 46 seconds will be the difference between the actual time and 46 seconds multiplied times 4.

  • The Altitude score and the Duration score will be added together, detmining the Flight Total score. Lowest score wins.


  • After flight, any damage, cracks or seepage detected in the eggs will disqualify the flight.

  • Each team can make three qualification flight between September 4, 2012 and March 24, 2013. However only two qialification flight are allowed after February 15, 2013. Only one qulaifying flight is required.

  • There is no limit to the number of practice or pre-qualification flights.

  • Qualifying flights do not need to take place at an organized NAR launch, but they must be flown in accordance with NAR safety rules.

  • Qualifying flights must be observed in person by a NAR senior member. The observer does not need to be a TARC mentor.

  • The top 100 qualifying teams will be invited to compete for a prize fund of $60,000 in the National Finals at The Plains, VA (Washington, D.C. area).

  • Any rocket flown at the National Finals must have already been flown successfully.

    Northern Ohio TARC Teams

    Teams that are in reasonable proximity to Skybusters (Cleveland area)


    Important Dates

    September 4, 2012 Registration opens
    November 30, 2012 Registration closes. Paid entries must be postmarked by this date
    January 15, 2013 First flight of your TARC design should be complete
    February 15, 2013 First qualification flight should be complete. Only two qualification flight are allowed after this date
    March 24, 2013 Final day to make qualification flights
    March 25, 2013 Qualification reports MUST be received by AIA by midnight on this date
    March 29, 2013 AIA announces finalists for TARC 2012. Invitations to Finals are extended to the top 100 Teams
    May 11, 2013 TARC Finals

    Useful Documents Get Adobe Reader Free

    2013 TARC Rules - Download the 2013 Event Rules HERE

    2013 Team Handbook - Download the 2013 Team Handbook HERE

    TARC 2013 Model Rocket Motors - Download the TARC 2013 Model Rocket Motors HERE

    NAR Safety Code - View the safety rules under which ALL TARC flights must take place HERE

    Contact Info

    If you have any questions about TARC, please contact:

    Pat Easter
    Phone: (216) 529-0138

  • Design and programming by Jamie Wylie. Maintained by Dan Vento, Pat Easter and Gerry Freed for Skybusters Rocketry Club. Please send your comments/corrections/additions to the webmaster.