Fri, Sep 09, 2005
Application Available at Rocketcontest.org
Got a rocket in your pocket? Teams
interested in taking part in the world's largest rocket contest can
start their efforts by downloading the application for the Team
America Rocketry Challenge.
The first 750 teams to submit an application package postmarked
on or before Nov. 15 will be allowed to compete in the 2006 event.
About 10,000 middle and high school students participated during
the last contest, which a team from the Dakota County 4-H
Federation in Minnesota won in May.
The contest is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association
and the National Association of Rocketry. The Defense Department
and NASA are both government partners in the fourth annual TARC and
39 AIA member companies are supporting the event financially.
Student team members, which can be from schools or non-profit
educational groups, must design, build and fly the rockets
Rules covering the 2006 contest
require the team to launch the rocket 800 feet in the air and keep
it aloft for 45 seconds. As in the past, the rockets will carry a
raw-egg payload that must return unbroken. It is the first time
both elevation and time are factors to the teams' success.
Winners will share $60,000 in cash and savings bonds. Successful
teams may also go on to take part in NASA advanced rocketry
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