Explorer Post 1010
Lockheed Martin Exploring Program

Team America
Rocketry Challenge 2010
Team 8186
Ben Fann
Samantha Steckel
Becca Foster
Kathleen Yu
Disa Yu
Jon Boruch
Mattie Bryant
Team 8188
Bernadette Cannon
Daniel Du
Daniel Roh
Team 8189
Jay Soni
Connor Armstrong
Stephen Redlack
Senior Team 8296
Chris Fann
Ronnie Foreman
Philip Manougian
Amanda Steckel
Bob Ekman
Ted Makowski
Michy Maynard



Explorer Post 1010 has four teams in the 2010 national Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The main challenge web site is http://www.rocketcontest.org/.  This a year- round activity.  We start with experiments focused on the challenge in the summer.  We recruit new members in the fall and design and build our competition rockets.  We test launch our rockets at least once a month.  During the winter and early spring we attempt to qualify our rockets for the National competition.  If we do well enough, we will be invited to participate in the national fly-off in May.


Last year we had over 20 members on three rocket teams, but many of them graduated and have gone off to college. This year we started with around ten members from last year. We are planning to have about five members on four teams.  To be on a team you have to be a dues paying member of Post 1010 and have your parents sign the permission form.  Members may switch teams up until the qualification flights, but membership on the teams is strictly followed. Members must participate in the design, building, and launching of the rockets.

Workshops and Launches

We met during normal Exploring Program meetings on Wednesdays for work sessions and on Saturdays for launches.  We had a few meetings during the summer of 2009, but our first full work session was in October.

Each team built several rockets, including test rockets and backups for their best models.  We document our activities and decisions on these web pages.

Most of our test launches were at the Old National Pike Park, east of New Market, Maryland (directions, picture).  Their launch calendar and other information is at http://www.narhams.org/.  We will also traveled to the Great Meadow site (directions, map, picture), near The Plains, Virginia, off I66, west of Manassas, for practice and qualification launches. The calendar for that site is at http://www.novaar.org.

We always need parents to drive to the launch sites.   Participants should bring money for lunch or bring food when we are out all day.  Wear appropriate clothing.  Schedules can change at the last minute due to weather, so keep watching this web site.



Wind speed is a big problem with our rockets, so we check http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi before we launch.

The Internet and email are a very important resource for our teams. Each member should sign up for the TARC Yahoo Group and review the recent emails and files.

2010 TARC Information

Our Team Information

Copyright 2010 Lockheed Martin Exploring Program
Updated: May 20, 2010