TARC Teams Launch Rockets

March 1, 2014 - Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV
For the second consecutive weekend excitement was building as 9:00 am rolled around at Mylan Park Launch Complex 1.  Five teams of local middle and high school TARC teams prepared their rockets and took to the launch pad.  TARC is the Team America Rocketry Challenge (http://www.rocketcontest.org).  The weather was much better than the previous weekend when wind gusts limited the event to only two launches.  Teams from Mountaineer Middle School in Morgantown, East Fairmont Junior High School in Fairmont, and North Marion High School in Marion County participated.
More than a dozen launches occurred, all with successful recoveries.  This year's challenge requires the students to launch 2 standard sized eggs, which must be recovered unbroken.  Other requirements include using a dual parachute recovery system and a launch weight under 650 grams.  Points are awarded by getting as close to an altitude of 825 feet and as close to a flight time between 48 and 50 seconds as possible. Teams with the best score from around the United States are invited to Virginia in early May for the national finals.  Several successful qualifying launches were recorded, although there were also several spectacular, scrambled endings :-)
The NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ivv/education/erc_index.html) provides support to many regional TARC teams and the West Virginia Rocketry Association (http://www.wvrocketry.org/), a section of the National Association of Rocketry (http://www.nar.org), provides launch oversight and judges.
The next events scheduled for the West Virginia Rocketry Association are the regular, monthly meeting on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 7 pm at Black Bear Burrito near the WVU Evansdale campus in Morgantown and a Level 1 Launch Event on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 9 am at Mylan Park.