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KSAT 8th graders begin qualification flights

Krueger School of Applied Technologies (KSAT) eighth graders began their qualification flights Friday, October 5, to earn an invitation to the largest model rocket contest, called Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).

Last year an all-girl KSAT eighth grade team finished second in the nation, when their rocket flew several times to best more than 7,000 students.

TARC is an aerospace design and engineering event for teams of US secondary school students (seventh through twelfth grades) from all 50 states, run by the National Association of Rocketry and the Aerospace Industries Association. The goal of TARC is to motivate students to pursue aerospace as an exciting career field.

This year the TARC aerospace rocketry challenge involves designing and building a model rocket (650 grams or less, using certified model rocket motors totaling 80 N-sec or less of total impulse) that carries a payload of one Grade A Large egg “on its side” in a body tube of no less than 60 millimeters diameter for a flight duration of 48 - 50 seconds, and to an altitude of exactly 750 feet (measured by an onboard altimeter), and then returns the egg to earth un-cracked using only a 15 inch diameter parachute as a recovery device.

The top 100 rockery teams from across the nation will be invited to a final fly-off competition in late May near Washington, D.C., to compete for $60,000 in prizes and a free trip to either the Paris or the Farnborough air show in Europe. These teams were selected based on the scores reported from qualification flights that they conducted locally throughout the US.

KSAT 8th graders begin qualification flights

Posted on October 15, 2012