LDR – Rocketry

NEW (8 Sept 2019): TARC 

“Donnerstab” (Thunder stick)  Team number: 20-6140


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TARC is the world’s largest student rocket contest designed to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry, TARC was created in the fall of 2002.

Today it is an annual competition with over 5,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. The contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket to safely carry two raw eggs (payload) to a specific altitude and back within a certain amount of time. The contest’s rules and scoring parameters change every cycle to challenge the students’ ingenuity and encourage a fresh approach to rocket design.

The top 100 teams are invited to Washington, D.C. in May for the National Finals. Top placing teams split more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships and the overall winning team will travel to Europe to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at either the Farnborough or Paris Air Show, depending on the year.

TARC strongly recommends each team have a YAHOO email in order to join their Forum.

              South East Virginia Rocketry Association (SEVRA) website

Top Ten Tips for Success!

Building 101 How to build a rocket – video series

Local Rocket club: Southeast Virginia Rocketry Association

 Team America Rocketry Challenge Homepage.

Frequently Asked Questions


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How to compute height and time of flight

Determining the parachute drag coefficient

The best fin shape for a rocket

Reloading an Aerotech rocket engine 

Parts of a rocket (includes rail guide discussion)

Building rocket body transition sections

TARC Flight report

Building a rail launcher


Free Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership for AFJROTC cadets:

This free youth membership opportunity is for all AFJROTC cadets under age 19.  The AMA is an organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreational and educational purposes.  The AMA serves approximately 187,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the US and Puerto Rico. NOTE: No DoD or AFJROTC endorsement implied and the cadet’s desire to join or not join. The AMA is strictly voluntary on the cadet’s part.

  • Some of the benefits to the AMA youth membership are:                                                                   –  Access to 2,400 AMA flying clubs & fields                                                                                –  AMA scholarships. Up to $50,000 awarded annually in college scholarships.                –  Free admission to the National Model Aviation Museum                                                    – AMA model flying insurance coverage at no cost                                                                  – Free admission to the AMA Expo

To sign up, visit www.modelaircraft.org.