Explorer Post 1010
Lockheed Martin Exploring Program
Rocketry Challenge 2014
Explorer Post 1010 registered four teams in the 2014 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 tested and launched our rockets at least once a month. We conducted three qualification flights for each team by March 31, with one before March 2, 2014 (which gave us a bonus score deduction).
This year we started with six members from last year. We recruited new members in October and plan to have about five members on each of four teams. To be on a team you must 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 until the first qualification flight. Members must participate in designing, building, and launching the rockets to remain on a team.
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, Facebook, and call if unsure.
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.
We have a Post 1010 Rocketry Project Facebook Group where we post information on launches and related activities. We also have a Post 1010 Facebook Group Post 1010 members and parents in the rocketry project should join both.
Explorer Post 1010
Updated: May 20, 2014