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American Rocketry Challenge (TARC)
year the National Association of Rocketry sponsors a national rocketry
competition known as: The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC)
NAR: “The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an aerospace design and
engineering competition for teams of U.S. secondary school students (6th
through 12th grades) run by the NAR and the Aerospace Industries Association
can be sponsored by schools or by
nonprofit youth organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, or Civil Air Patrol (but not
the NAR or other rocketry organizations). The goal of TARC is to motivate
students to pursue aerospace as an exciting career field, and it is
co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, Estes Industries,
the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and NASA.
event involves designing and building a model rocket (650 grams or less in
weight, 650 millimeters or more in length using NAR-certified model rocket
motors totaling 80 N-sec or less of total impulse) that carries a payload of
two Grade A Large eggs (oriented sideways) for a flight duration of 41-44
seconds, and to an altitude of exactly 835 feet (measured by an onboard
altimeter), and that then returns the eggs to earth safely, without cracking
them. Onboard timers are allowed; radio-control and pyrotechnic charges are
not. The rocket must use body tubes of two different diameters in its
to covid, this year, instead of one large competition at a single launch site,
teams that made the TARC Finals competed from 11 sites across the U.S. and The
Birmingham Rocket Boys (BRB) was honored and excited to be one of eleven NAR
clubs hosting TARC’s National Finals Competition!
With the help of several members from NAR and NAR club, Huntsville Area
Rocketry Association (HARA) BRB hosted a regional launch at our home field in Birmingham, Alabama.
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2021, over 600 middle and high schools teams entered the competition by
building and flying their own rocket to an altitude of 800 feet, for a flight
duration of 45 seconds with the goal of safely returning two raw eggs without
One of the teams preparing their rocket.
a total of $100,000 and a sponsored trip to Europe to compete in the
International Championship, the competition is fierce, with hundredths of a
second separating many team scores.
top 100 teams compete in the finals and BRB was asked to host 10 of those teams
from our region.
June 12, 2021 a total of 10 teams met at the BRB home field: 7 high school
rocket teams from Alabama, 2 from Georgia and 1 from Tennessee.
Deputy Director of Youth Services Mr. David Dada, from the Mayor's Office,
greeted and congratulated the teams for their achievements. Also in attendance were four NASA Engineers from Huntsville, Alabama
to assist in coordinating, scoring and monitoring the
competition. FOX 6 and NBC 13 News sent reporters to cover the event.
was a great day for the high school teams competing and flying their rockets as well as the City of Birmingham and BRB.
am very pleased to share that according to NAR Final Scoring, two teams that flew with BRB finished in the top 10! Russellville City Schools (Team 1) Russellville, Alabama, finished #5 and Tharptown High School, also from Russellville, Alabama, placed #9!
My thanks to NAR and BRB Founder,
Ron Witherspoon, for stats and information shared in this month's, Fire & Smoke!
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