5th July 2011, 02:08 PM
NASA Goddard Visitor Center Model Rocket Contest
FOR: All Area Model Rocketeers
WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 2011
WHERE: NASA/Goddard Visitor Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
(I-95 Exit 22A; Baltimore-Washington Parkway Exit for Route 193-East; then
follow signs to Visitor Center on ICESat Road)
EVENT: “Lunar” Spot Landing
REGISTRATION: Register at the launch site on the day of the launch.
SPONSOR: This contest is sponsored by the NASA GSFC Visitor Center and held by the
National Association of Rocketry Headquarters Astro-Modeling Section (NARHAMS.org).
AWARDS: First through third place trophies for each of two age divisions
WHY: This event commemorates the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and promotes interest in space sciences.
1. The contest is open to all model rocketeers.
2. Contestants must follow the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Safety Code.
3. Modelers must provide their own models, wadding, motors, igniters, and prepping tools. The Space Center will provide the launch equipment
suitable for 1/8” diameter straws (launch lugs).
4. In each event, contestants may fly either as an individual or as part of one team. Entry into both team and individual competition is not permitted.
5. Rockets must use a single (NAR classification and safety certified) motor for each flight. “D” class motors or greater are prohibited.
6. Total weight of the model with engine must be less than four ounces.
7. Rockets must pass a preflight safety, motor, and weight inspection at the launch site prior to launch.
8. Models must fly and land safely, and they must use streamers, parachutes or gyrocopter-type devices for their recovery.
9. Rockets must not separate into two or more unattached parts during flight.
10. Flights cannot exceed 2,000’ altitude.
Contest Judging and Other Important Information
1. Modelers may launch their models one time.
2. A launch is a successful ignition of the motor. A flight is when the rocket moves upward, off the pad and until the rocket finally stops its descent.
3. The object of the event is to determine whose flight comes closet to reaching the center of a circular 150’-diameter “Moon” marked on the ground.
4. If a model lands on the “Moon,” contestants must leave the model undisturbed until the model is measured.
5. Officials will measure all models that land within the “Moon’s” boundaries.
6. Measurement will be from the “Moon’s” center to the tip of the model’s nosecone. The measurement becomes a contestant’s score.
7. The person with the smallest measurement (i.e., closest to the “Moon” center) will be declared the winner. The next smallest score will be second
place and so on.
8. The contest will be flown in two age divisions: one is for those 15 years and younger; the other is for those 16 years and older. Teams will be
classified by the age of the oldest team members.
9. Decisions of the judges are final.
10. These contest Sundays have traditionally been some of the hottest days of the year, so be prepared. Also, please be prepared to have FUN!
Visitor Center Hours (on weekends) 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Contest Registration 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Contest (Flying Period) 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Awards Ceremony 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Useful Hint: Earth-terrestrial trees surround the “Lunar” landing area. Modelers may be better served to use lower class (1/2A or A) motors in their rockets.
Note: For Visitor Center information, call (301) 286-8981 Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.