ARS 2019 Contests - Updated Sep 14
Contest Number One: 1000 ft AGL
Rules: Fly a rocket at any club launch with a commercial altimeter. The rocket closest to 1,000 feet wins. A club member must witness the flight and the altimeter reading. The flight qualifies as long as the altimeter is recovered, even if there is other damage to the rocket.
- Junior Category: This category is open to anyone under 18 years of age at the time of the flight, even if they are not a club member.
Senior Category: This category is open to any club member. To be clear, it is allowed for a single flier who happens to be under 18 to claim both this prize and the Junior prize if the flight happens to beat all of the other senior entries!
Contest Number Two: Best Altitude with an H motor
This contest is open to any club member. It follows the TRA rules for commercial altitude record attempts for an H total impulse, with the exception that we will allow any commercial altimeter, and you are not required to turn in the results to TRA. If you do, though, you can try for a TRA record and the club prize at the same time!
Most of our flights are limited to the monthly launches, but if you have a hot design that may bust the waiver, please arrange for another club member to be present for your flight at any other launch as a witness. It would be exceptionally cool if a club member actually exceeds the current TRA record of 14,818 feet.
Note that our contest is simply for an H flight, which is any flight with a total impulse of 320 N-s or less. While the TRA record for a single motor is 14,818, the records for multistage and hybrid are wide open.
Contest Number Three: Best altitude with Balsa fins
This contest is open to any club member.
- Any number of fins is allowed.
- Each fin must be constructed from a single piece of balsa no thinker than 0.125 inches.
- Glue fillets on the rocket body may extend a maximum of 0.25 inches from the body tube. If the fin is mounted through-the-wall, any adhesives may be used inside the outer body tube.
- No paint or any other treatment of the balsa wood is permitted, other than sanding or cutting the wood to shape.
- The rocket must stay within the Rio Rancho waiver and meet the TRA or NAR safety codes.
- Any rocket design and motor are permitted that use fins as the primary stabilizing feature (i.e. the rocket must need fins to be stable).
ARS Contest Results