Friday, May 27, 2016

Time for Geezer TARC!

Given that Duane and I are already working on designs, I thought it prudent to post the rules for the  2017 Geezer TARC competition. Have to get things in writing, you know.

The rules are the same as those for the 2017 TARC challenge with the following exceptions:
  • Geezer TARC begins with the announcement of the 2017 rules in May and ends with the contestants’ rockets being launched at a single event (date TBD, but well before school starts in late summer).
  • Each contestant may enter up to two rockets. These rockets may not fly before the official launch date, and the score shall be determined by the first flight of each on that date. The contestant's score shall be the better of the two flights, or the score of one flight if only one rocket is entered.
  • Any commercial altimeter may be used to determine altitude. However, reflights are not allowed if there is an altimeter malfunction; in this case, the flight will be disqualified (So choose a reliable altimeter). As per the 2017 rules, the rocket may contain only one altimeter, though the use of a Jolly Logic Chute Release is permitted.
  • There is only one rocket per design, and there are no test or sub-scale flights permitted for the design. Its merit will be judged solely by the rocket’s performance at the contest launch. If two rockets are entered, they must be of substantially different design - different number of motors, fins, or something major - an inch shorter or taller does not constitute a substantial difference, nor does the same design at a different scale (e.g., BT-70 versus BT-80 versions).
Let the games begin!

BTW, I have finished my second TARC design - the Vengeance. This BT-60/70 beauty is powered by a single E12, and shall serve as backup to the Agamemnon.

The Vengeance (Click to enlarge).

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