Jupiter Explorer Post 1010
Lockheed Martin Exploring Program

Team America
Rocketry Challenge 2012
Juno Spacecraft
Team 13198
Connor Armstrong
Daniel Du
Ben Fann
Daniel Roh
Samantha Steckel
Team 13199
Caroline Greer
Tori Pringle
Kevin Rivera
Claire Rosenbaum
Team 13200
Pushkar Aggarwal
Michael Josell
Sam Zabronsky
Bob Ekman
Ted Makowski
Les Cannon






Juno Rocket Launch
Juno Mission Launch

Explorer Post 1010 registered three teams in the 2012 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The main challenge web site is http://www.rocketcontest.org/. This a year-round activity. We started with experiments focused on the challenge in the summer and the fall. We recruited new members in the fall and started to design and build our competition rockets. During the winter and into the spring we test launched our rockets at least once a month. We had three qualification flights for each team and submitted them for consideration. Our senior team (Team 13198) was selected to participate in the national fly-off in May.


Last year we had 18 members on four rocket teams, but many of them graduated and went off to college. This year we started with seven members from last year. We recruited new members in October and planned to have about five members on three teams. During the year we had a few drop, but we maintained three teams.

To be on a team you have to be a dues paying member of Post 1010 and have your parents sign the TARC permission form (PDF form, Word form). Members may switch teams up until the first qualification flight, but membership on the teams is strictly followed. Members must participate in the design, building, and launching of the rockets to remain on the team.

Workshops and Launches

We met during normal Exploring Program meetings on Wednesdays for work sessions and on Saturdays for launches. Our first full work session was in October.

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

After a long season, including the finals, we came up with some lessons and ideas for next year

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 and call if unsure.

Great Videos



Wind speed is a big problem for our rockets, so we check http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi (Manassas, Frederick) before we launch. The Weather Channel is another source for weather at the Virginia Site and Maryland Site.

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.

2012 TARC Information

Our Team Information

Copyright 2012 Explorer Post 1010
Updated: May 7, 2012