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Six hundred seventy-nine teams from 48 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands competed in the 10th Anniversary of the Team America Rocketry Challenge. The top 100 teams from qualifying rounds were invited to compete for the title of National Champion at the National Fly Off on May 12th at The Plains, Va.
(Spectators watch as a rocket is launched durring the first round of competition)
Below are just a few of the pictures from the contest. You can read more about the winners here.
To kick off an exciting weekend, over 40 TARC teams attended a reception on Capitol Hill to show off their rockets to fellow rocketeers and visit their congressional representatives to advocate for STEM education (Above).
Team Thundersquid from Lake Braddock High School folds their parachute in the rocket prep area. As an addition to the scoring qualifications from previous years, parachute recovery of the rocket was required for this year’s challenge (Left).
The Wooddale High School team carefully selects the two eggs that will be carried as a payload to simulate astronauts on their launch. Contest rules indicated that the eggs must return unbroken or the team will be disqualified (Right).
Goshen High School checks in their rocket with a National Association of Rocketry official. All rockets must weigh less than 650 grams at liftoff (Left).
The Lake Braddock High School team sets the angle of their launch rail. The challenge is to hit a precise altitude of 800 feet. Teams had the option of choosing between launching off of a rod or a rail (Right).
Lake Braddock High School teammates all lend a hand to make sure their rocket is ready for launch (Above).
The team from Madison West High School holds up their paddle signaling that their rocket is ready for final inspection prior to launch (Above).
3… 2… 1… blast off! The Green Vale School watches as their rocket leaves the launch pad. The team’s launches secured them 7th place at the finals (Right).
A team from the Krueger School of Applied Technologies times their rocket’s flight. The rocket must land within a flight window of 43-47 seconds (Above).
A dual parachute recovery system returns the rocket and payload to earth (Above).
Goshen High School returns their eggs to NAR officials. With the eggs intact, teams’ scores were based on how close they came to the precise altitude and required time. The Goshen team placed 6th overall (Above).
Assembling a bag of assorted rocket parts, the LaRue County High School team from Kentucky works to build a flyable rocket in less than one hour. As part of the Rocket Building Competition, the rocket was judged on craftsmanship and creativity (Left).
The Harding Middle School team explains the rocket science that went into designing, building and flying their rocket during the Team Presentation Competition (Right).
Like golf, the low score wins. The team from Madison West High School took home the National Champion title with a two-flight combined score of 12 (Above).
AIA Source: anne.ward[at]aia-aerospace.org