AIAA OC Rocketry Newsletter 9/2/2012
AIAA OC Rocketry
September 2, 2012
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Team America Rocketry Challenge

tarc_logoAIAA OC Section is looking for a few good Rocket Scientists in 7th through 12th grade.  Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is a national contest for students to design, build, and fly a rocket to meet a particular challenge.  Up to 1000 teams enter; the top 100 teams travel to Washington DC for a fly-off May 2013. The top 25 teams from the fly-off can participate in the NASA Student Launch Initiative program.  AIAA OC Section can have up to five teams of 3 to 10 members each.  Contact us to start your own team or join an existing team (  Sign ups begin 9/4/2012 and end 11/30/2012.  The rocket this year must:

  • Attain an altitde of 750 feet exactly
  • Have a flying time of 48 to 50 seconds (pad to return)
  • Carry one raw hen's egg on it side and return unbroken
  • Weigh 650 grams or less
  • Use an "F" motor or smaller (80 Newton-seconds or less)
  • Payload must return on a 15 inch parachute

Full details can be found on the TARC website.  If you form your team through AIAA OC Section, we'll help with your team's entry fee, provide some materials, and loan your team an altimeter and motor casing for the 2013 competition year, and of course,as much mentoring as your team needs to be successful. 


Download or view the 2013 Rules here

Download or view the 2013 Handbook here

Download or view the 2013 Approved Motor List here


Observe the Moon Night

From: JPL News YouTube Update August 31, 2012
Celebrate International Observe the Moon night on September 22, and honor the memory of Astronaut Neil Armstrong by looking up and winking at the moon this month
Link to information Video Link

Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11 Remembered

From: NASA Science News email for August 27, 2012

The Apollo 11 moon landing of July 1969 was as heart-pounding as any modern sci-fi thriller--and far more transformative. To mark the passing of the man who stepped out of the lunar lander and put his footprint in the moondust first, Science@NASA invites you to read a retrospective story about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic visit to the Sea of Tranquillity.

Link to Full Story

Link to Apollo 11 Video

The Radiation Belt Storm Probes

From: NASA Science News email for August 30, 2012

Most spacecraft try to avoid the Van Allen Belts, two doughnut-shaped regions around Earth filled with "killer electrons." This morning NASA launched two heavily-shielded spacecraft directly into the belts. The Radiation Belt Storm Probes are on a two-year mission to study the Van Allen Belts and to unravel the mystery of their dangerous unpredictability.

Link to Full Story

Link to Video


The landing of Curiosity and the Mars Science Laboratory on Mars on August 5, 2012 is hardly new news.  But since we are just starting our newsletter we'll catch up with a few of the images that intrigued us over vthe last few weeks.

Link to image collection from the MSL project

Link to raw images day (sol) by day (Loads very slowly)

MSL under parachute during descent from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Video of the descent from Curiosity

AIAA OC Rocketry Since Last Newsletter

7/29/2012 - Air rocket build and launch at Concordia University with the Science Camp from Village of hope
7/31/2012 - Air rocket build and launch at Huntington Beach Library with Quest Therapeutic Camps
8/2/2012 - Soda Bottle Water Rocket build and launch at Hungton Beach Library with Quest Therapeutic Camps
8/6/2012 - Rocket Club meeting build with introduction to NASA's Eyes on the Solar System



September 10, 2012 at 7PM at the Koepke's.  There will be a short presentation on rocketry electronics (altimeters, direction finding, GPS)


October 1, 2012 at 7PM at the Koepke's


September 8, 2012 (ROC Launch) at Lucerne Dry Lake (Link to ROC Website)


October 13-14, 2012 ROCtober at Lucerne Dry Lake (Link to ROCtober)


September 29, 2012 Build for Merit Badge with Boy Scouts of America Troop 36 in Orange County (Launch at ROCtober)

October 6, 2012 Build with the LA County Girl Scouts in Long Beach (Launch at ROCtober)

TARC 2013

 Teams should now be forming - contact us now to join or start a team. See full details in the article to the left.  Track progress on where your team SHOULD be here


Curiosity sends home special messages before heading onto the Martian plain towards her first target

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