Team America Rocket Challenge 2019

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an aerospace design and engineering event for teams of US secondary school students (7th through 12th grades) run by the NAR and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Teams can be sponsored by schools or by nonprofit youth organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, or Civil Air Patrol (but not the NAR or other rocketry organizations).

The goal of TARC is to motivate students to pursue aerospace as an exciting career field, and it is co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, Estes Industries, the Department of Defense, and NASA.

2018 Team America Rocketry Challenge registration is now open at Teams may register anytime between now and December 1, 2018.

This year’s contest, themed around the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket carrying three raw eggs in a capsule to an altitude of 856 feet and return it to ground with the eggs intact within 43-46 seconds.

LUNAR is honored to support the TARC qualification launches again this year. TARC teams are welcome to participate in the regularly scheduled club launches. The launch fees are waived for all TARC teams. As the deadline approaches in April, special TARC are scheduled at Nasa Ames:

David Raimondi, TARC Launch Coordinator, 408.997.2571 (h) or 408.742.5173 (w)

There will be an additional competition this year

Apollo 11 Competition:

There will be a separate judged competition at the Finals (with a cash prize) to recognize the rocket that has the profile and/or paint scheme most closely resembling Apollo 11 on its Saturn 5. Results of this will not influence flight scores.

Central California TARC Team Mentor Volunteers:

David RaimondiSan Jose,
William OrvisLivermore,
Cliff SojournerSunnyvale,
Jack HagertyLivermore, CA 925.437.8543
Alan ThymNewark,
Ken BibaSan Francisco,
Mike ParkerLos Gatos,
Aaron StanleySacramento,

A complete list of mentors can be found at the NAR website.

Special TARC Launch Schedule

In addition to flying at the regular club launches, we will arrange for some special launches near the qualification deadline. Please contact David Raimondi (above) for more information.
Date LocationComments
or 1000 registrants
  Registration Deadline
  Snow Ranch Special Tarc launches
  Snow Ranch Special Tarc launches
  Tentative Special Tarc launches
4/8/2017   TARC Qualification Deadline
5/18/2018   TARC Finals, Great Meadow, The Plains, VA

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