Marginal Winds Preclude Certification Launches; TARC Teams Practice


March 15, 2014 - Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV - Windy conditions precluded attempts at NAR Level 1 High Power Rocketry (HPR) Certification launches today.  NAR is the National Association of Rocketry and high power rockets are those weighing more than 1500 grams or those with high power motors such as motors having average thrust in excess of 80 Newtons or single motors with a total installed thrust of 160.01 Newton-seconds or more. For high power rockets, the NAR has formal certification procedures and on this day several members of the West Virginia Rocketry Association were attempting to complete their Level 1 HPR Certification.
Numerous members of local school rocketry teams were also on hand and the winds were sufficiently light to allow them to launch. Many of these teams participate in TARC, the Team America Rocketry Challenge. This challenge is an annual national competition sponsored by NAR for middle and high school aged youth. The aim of the competition is to get more students involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and fields. Thus, even though the big rockets planned for the day could not be launched, there was still much excitement by the crowd watching the smaller rockets launch. However, none of the teams decided to attempt a certification launch, which must be completed by March 31, 2014.  For more information on TARC, please visit .
The West Virginia Rocketry Association is a section of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and is an organization aimed at having fun, increasing the expertise of its members, and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to students of all ages.  To find out more, please visit .