Pluto Explorer Post 1010
Engineering Exploring Program

Team America
Rocketry Challenge 2016
New Horizons Space Craft
Our Teams
Team 16-1639
Joe Camobreco
Malini Balachandran
Matthew McCallum
Vivek Uppoor
Team 16-1640
Bhavesh Kemburu
Steven Mendley
Tony Guardado
Team 16-1641
David Hoddinott
Dillon D'Rozario
Gabe Schroeder
Bob Ekman
Samantha Steckel



 Cargo Unit
New Horizons Cargo Unit

Rocket Launch
New Horizons Launch

Explorer Post 1010 is registered in the 2016 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The main web site is This is 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 will test launch our rockets at least once a month. We needed to conduct three qualification flights for each team by April 4, 2016.

We didn't make it to the national finals in May, but we did learn some lessons for next year. The cutoff score for making it to the finals (based on the sum of the best two qualification flights) was 37.20. Here are the results from the national finals on May 14.


This year we started with six members from last year. We recruited new members in October and now have three 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 (Word format). Members may switch teams until the first qualification flight. Members must participate in designing, building, and launching to remain on a team.


We meet during normal Exploring Program meetings on Wednesdays for work sessions and on Saturdays and Sundays for launches. Each team is building several rockets, including test rockets and backups for their best models. We document our activities and results on these web pages.

Possible launch sites:

MD - Old National Pike Park, east of New Market, in Frederick county Maryland (directions, picture). NARHAMS runs the launch. Their launch calendar and other information is at

MDw - Heritage Farm Park in Walkersville, Maryland (map, picture). Park information at (39.49n,-77.34w,307a)

VA - Great Meadow (directions, map, picture), near The Plains, Virginia, off I66, west of Manassas. NOVAAR runs the launch. Their calendar is at This is the site of the National Fly-off. (38.83n,-77.81w,587a)

WV - Charles Town West Virginia, Oakland Church Field, west of Harpers Ferry (picture). The site is run by the Blue Ridge Rocketeers.

When we launch in strong wind, our biggest concern is the loss of our rocket in the trees. We have plotted out launch limit maps for Maryland and Virginia launch sites.

We conducted static launches at our open house (September 12, September 13) and Silver Spring Maker Faire (September 20).
Qualification Flights
All teams completed the challenge with at least two successful qualification flights.
Team 1639 (Q1, Q2, Q3)
Team 1640 (Q1, Q2, Q3)
Team 1641 (Q1, Q2, DQ)

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, your email, and call if unsure.


Wind speed is a big problem for our rockets, so we check (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.

2016 TARC Information

Our Team Information

Past Years

Copyright 2016 Explorer Post 1010
Updated: May 23, 201