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TARC Yahoo Group

The NAR TARC Yahoo Group is filled with expert NAR mentors happy to give you advice or answer your rocketry questions. Registration requires a yahoo account.

Model Rocketry Resources

TARC Webinars

  • Fall 2016 Sessions

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    • Participating in TARC: October 15, 2016, 3:30 PM ET 
      Join Team America Rocketry Challenge Manager Miles Lifson and NASA Education Specialist Todd Ensign for an overview of the TARC competition, an introduction to model rocketry, and a live demonstration of how to design and build a TARC rocket. Potential and new teams are encouraged to participate in this session to jump start your season.  Watch webinar recording.
    • TARC Craftsmanship Skills: November 19, 2016, 5PM ET (Slides)
      The TARC 2017 challenge features several novel craftsmanship challenges, including the use of transitions between multiple body tube diameters and the application of a colored surface finish for all teams participating at the National Finals. Join NAR member Carl Curling to learn about how to tackle these design requirements when fabricating your rocket. Watch webinar recording.
    • Flight Testing: December 3, 2016, 3PM ET (Slides)
      Once your TARC rocket is designed and built, it has to be systematically and correctly flight tested in order to be successful in ultimately achieving a good qualification flight score.  This webinar will cover how to conduct a flight testing program, and all of the various factors that might cause a rocket’s real-world performance to vary from pre-flight predictions, suffer flight-to-flight variations, or experience reliability issues. Watch webinar recording.

    Slides from Presentations at NARCON2017 (no recording)

    • Altimeter Design and Operation, Dan Wolf (Slides)
    • Model Rocket Stability and Aerodynamic Equations, Jim Barrowman (Slides)

  • Archived Sessions

    2015

    • Participating in TARC: October 3, 2015 
      Join Team America Rocketry Challenge Manager Miles Lifson and NASA Education Specialist Todd Ensign for an overview of the TARC competition, an introduction to model rocketry, and a live demonstration of how to design and build a TARC rocket. Potential and new teams are encouraged to participate in this session to jump start your season. Watch webinar recording.
    • Rocket Design and Simulation: October 10, 2015
      The most successful TARC teams aren’t lucky… they engineer success through the use of design and simulation software for model rocketry. Most TARC teams use RockSim (Apogee Components), SpaceCAD, or OpenRocket to capture their design ideas, evaluate potential motors, determine how many and what size fins to add, and ensure a safe and stable flight. This webinar will demonstrate how all 3 tools work, explain how to access freely available online training materials, and describe how to design, test, and modify a rocket based on this year’s rules. New teams and veterans who are not comfortable using the simulation software are encouraged to attend this session. Watch Webinar recording.
    • Advising and Mentoring: October 10, 2015 (Slides)
      Providing mentorship to middle and high school students is not as easy as seems. New mentors and veterans who want to get some helpful ideas on advising and mentoring TARC teams are encouraged to attend this session. Watch Webinar recording.  
    • Flight Testing: December 5, 2015  (Slides)
      Once your TARC rocket is designed and built, it has to be systematically and correctly flight tested in order to be successful in ultimately achieving a good qualification flight score.  This webinar will cover how to conduct a flight testing program, and all of the various factors that might cause a rocket’s real-world performance to vary from pre-flight predictions, suffer flight-to-flight variations, or experience reliability issues. Watch Webinar recording.

    2014

    • Participating in TARC: October 4, 2014
      Join Team America Rocketry Challenge Manager Miles Lifson and NASA Education Specialist Todd Ensign for an overview of the TARC competition, an introduction to model rocketry, and a live demonstration of how to design and build a TARC rocket. Potential and new teams are encouraged to participate in this session to jump start your season. Watch webinar recording.
    • This IS Rocket Science: October 18, 2014
      This session will focus on the physics behind model rocketry along with ways to improve your team’s performance using science. NASA Engineer Tom Benson, author of NASA’s Beginner’s Guide to Rockets, will be your guide to the many forces acting upon your rocket along with scientific explanations, mathematical calculations, and practical applications. We will cover Newton’s 3 Laws of motion, how to determine a rocket’s center of pressure and center of gravity, and the conditions that guarantee a successful and stable flight. Your participation in this webinar will earn you the envious title of Rocket Scientist for your TARC team. New and veteran teams are encouraged to participate in this session.Watch webinar recording.
    • Rocket Design and Simulation: November 1, 2014
      The most successful TARC teams aren’t lucky… they engineer success through the use of design and simulation software for model rocketry. Most TARC teams use RockSim (Apogee Components), SpaceCAD, or OpenRocket to capture their design ideas, evaluate potential motors, determine how many and what size fins to add, and ensure a safe and stable flight. This webinar will demonstrate how all 3 tools work, explain how to access freely available online training materials, and describe how to design, test, and modify a rocket based on this year’s rules. New teams and veterans who are not comfortable using the simulation software are encouraged to attend this session. Watch webinar recording.

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