Mylan Park, June 28, 2014 - Members and friends of the West Virginia Rocketry association gathered this morning at Mylan Park for their monthly launch. One of the features events for this day was a competition to see who could design a rocket that would go the highest on an "A" engine. Fourteen rockets were launched as part of the competition. In the end, the rocket flown by Ary won with a height of 432 feet. The range of heights was from 40 feet to 432 feet.
For more pictures from this event, please visit: https://plus.google.com/photos/102642472688444729650/albums/6030085260140925953 .
For a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of results from this event, please visit: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/59401440/ARocketCompetitionJune282014.xlsx .
For those without Excel, a PDF version of the spreadsheet of results from this event can be found at: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/59401440/ARocketCompetitionJune282014.pdf .
The next events scheduled for the West Virginia Rocketry Association are the regular, monthly meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014, at 7 pm at Black Bear Burrito near the WVU Evansdale campus in Morgantown and a Launch Event on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 9 am. The July launch event will be held at a new location in Bruceton Mills, WV; please see the calendar at the West Virginia Rocketry website.
May 10, 2014 - The Plains, VA - A team of students from North Marion High School competed in the TARC national finals on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at The Great Meadow launch facility in The Plains, VA. TARC is the Team America Rocket Challenge, an annual contest run by the National Association of Rocket and promoted by the Aerospace Industries Association and numerous industry partners.
In addition to North Marion, West Virginia was also represented by the Civil Air Patrol team from Martinsburg, WV. The winner was Creekview High School Team 1 from Canton, GA. Congratulations to all teams who made the finals!
Further information about the finals and next year's contest can be found at http://www.rocketcontest.org..
March 29, 2014 - Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV - Rain, rain go away; come again some other day!Saturday was the last Saturday before the deadline for TARC teams to submit qualifying launch attempts, so even though the weather was a little rainy, teams were out in full force. At least 7 local teams showed up to attempt to qualify their rockets for the national competition.
TARC is 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.
The objective of this year's TARC competition was to launch a rocket with two standard eggs and return them unbroken using a dual parachute recovery system. The aim was to have a flight as close to 825 feet as possible and between 48 and 50 seconds. Official flights must occur and be submitted by March 31, 2014, after which the best 100 scores from around the country are chosen to attend the national competition on May 10, 2014, at The Plains, Virginia.
The teams launched rockets for more that 4 hours. Their rockets had names such as Hawk II, Concord XII, and JAC. There were successes. There were failures. In the end, many teams seemed to have an enjoyable day doing something they love, with a chance for a trip to the national finals.
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, April 7, 2014, at 7 pm at Black Bear Burrito near the West Virginia University Evansdale campus in Morgantown (http://www.blackbearburritos.com/evansdale.html) and a Community Build and Launch Event on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 9 am at the NASA IV&V Facility in Fairmont, WV (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ivv).
For more pictures of this event, please visit: https://plus.google.com/photos/102642472688444729650/albums/5996523138963489505 and https://plus.google.com/app/basic/photos/+RickyBeamer/album/5996795820746767233 .
For videos of the event, please visit:
April 7, 2014 - Morgantown, WV - At its April business meeting, members of the West Virginia Rocketry Association discussed ideas for upcoming launches. The club holds launches once a month on the last Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. at Mylan Park, outside of Morgantown. To keep interest and try something different, the club decided that at its May 31 launch, there will be a styrofoam cup rocket competition. The competition is open to all club members and the public is welcome to attend the launch. Voting will be for the most cups used, highest altitude attained, best looking, and most likely to dramatically fail :-)
For club members, here are several useful links which describe the styrofoam cup rockets:
Rocket reviews article: http://archive.rocketreviews.com/reviews/all/flis_decaffeinator.shtml
Forum thread: http://www.rocketryforumarchive.com/showthread.php?t=806
Original inventor's website: http://jflis.com/hobbies/rocketry/images/styro1.pdf
The engine mount system does not need to be made out of styrofoam. Engines are limited to "C" and smaller.
March 29, 2014 - Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV - "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again!" - Thomas H. Palmer. This is a great motto for one local TARC team today. Unfortunately for the team, a beautiful launch was followed by the failure of their parachute to deploy. This resulted in the rocket becoming a lawn dart, followed by its untimely demise as it burrowed into the ground. The team seemed in good spirits, however. They examined the wreckage searching for clues to the failure and also looked for salvageable parts. Ultimately, some of the greatest lessons we learn are from failures... Good luck next time!