payload Explorer Post 1010
Engineering Exploring Program

The American
Rocketry Challenge 2022
Our Teams
2022 Team 22-1138
Jack Sherling *
Sam Troost
Jake Hawks
Jayden Ku
2022 Team 22-1139
Peter Camobreco
Sean Russell
Michael Guardado
Ethan Goldberg
Bob Ekman
Tim Russell
Vince Camobreco
Jonathan Rains
   * seniors




We invite members of our other projects to join us in building and launch activities. We have fun running around the launch fields and sometimes they have an opportunity to test quadcopters.


SpaceX Launch Vehicle
SpaceX Launch Vehicle


Explorer Post 1010 registered two teams in the 2022 The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The main web site is The challenge is described in the 2022 Rules. This is a year-round activity. We recruited new members in the fall of 2021 and started to design and build our competition rockets. During the winter and spring of 2022 we are testing our rockets.

We must complete three qualification flights for each team by April 4, 2022. To be invited to the national fly-off in May 2022, TARC adds the scores of the two best qualification launches. The cutoff for 2021 was 37.06. The finals are for the top 100 teams from registered teams across the US.


In the fall 2021 we started with five members from the previous year. We recruited three new members and created two 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. Members may switch teams until the first qualification flight in 2021. Members must participate in designing, building, and launching to remain on a team.

We meet during normal Exploring Program general meetings for work sessions. Test launches are usually on Saturdays, Sundays, and other days when school is out. Each team will build several rockets, including test rockets and backups for their best models. We document our activities and results on these web pages.

Student Launch Initiative

The Post accepted an invitation to participate in the NASA sponsored Student Launch Initiative in September, 2021. This project required the Post to design, build, and fly a Level 2 high power rocket. The team needed to follow the NASA project development process. The Post was one of only 16 high school teams accepted into the program. Details are on the Post 1010 SLI Project.

TARC Launches (all Flight Data)
Date Site Flight Data Analysis Pictures/Videos
Sat, Nov 6, 2021 Walkersville 211106 211106 211106
Sat, Jan 8, 2022 Walkersville 220108 220108 220108
Sat, Jan 15, 2022 Great Meadow 220115 220115 220115
Sat, Feb 12, 2022 Culpeper 220212 220212 220212
Mon, Feb 21, 2022 Walkersville (in 220212) (in 220212) 220221
Fri, Mar 11, 2022 Walkersville 220311 220311 220311
Thu, Mar 24, 2022 Walkersville 220324 220324 220324
Sat, Mar 26, 2022 Culpeper 220327 220327 220327
Sat, Apr 2, 2022 Great Meadow 220402 220402 220402
Sun, Apr 3, 2022 Great Meadow (in 220402) (in 220402) (in 220402)
Sat, May 2, 2022 Walkersville 220502 220502 220502
Sat, May 14, 2022 Great Meadow - Finals 220514 220514 220514

Qualification Flight Reports 2022
Team 22-1138 - Q1 (30.00), Q2 (13.28), Q3 (43.24) = 43.28
Team 22-1139 - Q1(DQ), Q2 (25.16), Q3 (46.00) = 71.76

Team 22-1138 was invited to the TARC Finals held on May 14 at Great Meadows. The cut-off for the invitation (the top 100 teams) was 47.58.

Finals Flight Reports 2022

Team 1138 first flight at the finals was for a target of 810ft and a time between 41 and 43 seconds. They reached an altitude of 791ft and a time of 36.2, for a score of 38.4. They were the last one picked for a second flight. Their second flight was for a target of 860ft and a time between 43 and 45 seconds. They reached an altitude of 814ft and a time of 43 seconds, for a score of 46. It was a very overcast day and even some fog and rain. This made everyone's flights a little off. Team 1138 was ranked 23rd overall with a combined score from the two flights of 84.4.

While the teams did not receive any awards, Bob received the Mentor of the Year award during the awards ceremony. This was Bob's 17th team in the TARC National Finals.

Launch Notes

Wind speed is a big problem for our rockets, so before we launch we check (Manassas, Frederick). The Weather Channel is another source for weather at the Virginia Site and Maryland Site.

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 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, your email, and call if unsure.

Launch Sites

Heritage Farm Park, Walkersville, Maryland (map, picture) 9236 Devilbiss Bridge Rd, Walkersville, MD 21793. (39.49n,-77.34w,320a)
Park information at

Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia (directions, map, picture). NOVAAR runs the launch. Their calendar is at This is the site of the National Fly-off.

Tripoli Central Virginia Rocketry Club, (TCV), Culpeper, Virginia (map, picture). Their web site is

Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association, (MRDA), Eastern Shore, Maryland. Their web site is They have two launch sites - Central Sod Farms, Centreville, MD ( (39.00n,-76.10w,65a) and Higgs Farm, Price, MD ( (39.08n,-75.87w,55a)

Old National Pike Park,, east of New Market, Frederick County Maryland (directions, picture). NARHAMS runs the launch. Their launch calendar is at

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

2022 TARC Information

Our Team Information

Past Years

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Updated: September 26, 2022