Team America Rocket Challenge 2022

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.

2022 Team America Rocketry Challenge registration is now open at Teams may register anytime between now and December 1, 2021.

This year’s contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket that carries two raw hen eggs to an altitude of 835ft, stays airborne for between 41 and 44 seconds, and returns the rocket to the ground safely. Pay attention to the rules. A large part of the scoring looks at your ability to follow the design criteria as well as the altitude and duration requirements.

In addition to the flying part of the contest there is also a presentaion part and a marketing part for teams who want to specialize in other parts of a rocketry program. See the rocketry contest page for information about these other parts of the contest.

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 only launches will be scheduled:

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

Central California TARC Team Mentor Volunteers:

See the current tarc mentors list for all mentors in the state.
David RaimondiSan Jose,
William OrvisLivermore,
Cliff SojournerSunnyvale,
Jack HagertyLivermore, CA 925.437.8543
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
3/26, 0900 to 1300 Snow Ranch Special Tarc launches
  Tentative Special Tarc launches
4/3/2022   Presentation Competition entries due
4/4/2022   Qualification Flights Due
4/10/2022   Marketing Competition entries due
5/13-15/2022   TARC Finals, Great Meadow, The Plains, VA

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