Blast off 2019 — Event Rules

 
 

Rowan University Blast Off 2019 Event Rules


General Event Rules

  1. All rockets must adhere to the Model Rocket Safety Code of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).

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

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

  4. Engines will be inspected at safety check-in and again at return. All rockets must use engines from the 2019 TARC-approved motor list.

  5. All rockets components must remain connected (i.e., nose cone or section must be connected to the main body by a shock cord). If a model ejects the motor casing, the flight will be disqualified.

  6. For competitive timed flights, rockets will be timed from first motion (launch) until touchdown, or until judges lose sight of the model. Two flight judges will time each flight and times will be averaged. Timing is to be by a mechanical or electronic stopwatch device and will be recorded to the nearest tenth of a second; cell phones may be used for timing. If one of the timing judges suffers a malfunction of their timing device through no fault of the contestant, one time may be used.

  7. If the rocket lands in a designated non-recovery zone (i.e., caught in a tree, or in a power line or similar obstacle, or the Lipari Landfill), watches will be stopped and the flights disqualified.

  8. Duration event models must be returned with the engine intact for a flight to count.

  9. Points will be awarded for 1st through 3rd place in each event.   

  10. Contestants may provide their own launching device but it must be presented for safety inspection. For rockets using engine power A through B, tower launchers must be at least 24 inches in length; for C engine power, tower launchers must be at least 36 inches in length.

  11. For TARC demonstration flights, rockets must use TARC approved launching devices, provided by the event organizers.

  12. Contestants will be allowed a single official flight in each event. An official flight is considered one in which the engine ignites and the rocket leaves the launching device.

  13. Should an engine malfunction through no fault of the contestant, they may substitute another model or another engine, and attempt to launch a second time.  

  14. Decisions by flight judges or designated range safety officer as to the qualification/disqualification of a flight are final.

  15. 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.

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

Specific Event Rules

A-Engine Parachute Duration Flight

  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 Flight

  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 Flight

  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

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

  4. 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