World's Largest Rocket Contest Finalists Revealed For May 15 'Fly Off'
April 10, 2010 - Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced the nation's top 100 student rocketry teams that will compete in the final round of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).
include teams from 30 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands who qualified
after months of preparation from a field of 669 squads and thousands of
The eighth annual
TARC, the world's largest rocket contest will take place Saturday, May
15, at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. Qualifying teams of middle- and
high-school students have the chance to earn $60,000 in scholarships and
prizes. The TARC champion will also win the opportunity to compete
internationally at an air show near
"This year's TARC
contest will be among the most competitive in its eight-year history
because of the high number of teams that are participating," said AIA
President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.
"It's an exciting
time for young people to be exposed to rocketry and all the aerospace
industry has to offer. We're seeing a real surge in our industry with
TARC alumni taking advantage of exciting career opportunities with many
of our member companies."
TARC teams are
challenged to design, build and launch a model rocket with a raw-egg
payload to an altitude of 825 feet and achieve a flight duration between
40 and 45 seconds.
The rocket must
return the egg safely and unbroken without using a parachute.
the world's largest rocket contest event with the National Association
of Rocketry in conjunction with NASA, the Defense Department, the
American Association of Physics teachers and more than 30 AIA member
companies, with Raytheon once again providing a fully paid trip for the
winning team to the air show in July.
NASA also invites
top teams to participate in its Student Launch Initiative advanced
rocketry program. More than 50,000 youth have participated in the
contest since its inception in 2003.
Founded in 1919, the Aerospace Industries Association represents the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial systems, space systems, aircraft engines, materiel, and related components, equipment services, and information technology.
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