Hello everyone! I haven't been able to make the winter meetings thus far (I wanted to call into the last one, I was in Huntsville for work with a "Rocket View" hotel room, but my flight was too late). I wanted to suggest a new "challenge" for this spring/summer, as I heard in the past you have done closest to the center type fun contests and such.
Given recent events, I propose we have a "pop the balloon" contest, where we have a large helium balloon on a string maybe up a couple hundred feet from the center of the launch ring. This would obviously require a light wind day, but I think it would be fun to see if anyone can take out the threat. My F-22 Raptor Rocket might just be up for the challenge
Would this violate any NAR rules? Am I just full of hot air and in need of getting my balloon popped?
As I understand, launching at targets in the air on on the ground is a big no-no. That would make our rockets missiles (weapons) instead of somewhat dangerous toys.
But, we can still attempt to hit a target on the ground by way of trying to spot-land a rocket in recovery mode.
All we need is a cone and a small flag in the middle and other flags or ropes or chalk lines designating a circle. Make it maybe around a hundred feet wide, put it a few hundred feet downwind of the launch area.
Maybe offer a rocket or rockets as a prize, maybe a pack of engines or a parachute.
I think it would be fun for an Acton launch where we tend to have a lot of kids and it'll give them something to shoot for. It'll probably come down to sheer luck but it might be interesting to try to figure out how to land a rocket where you want it to.
I also checked the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code and ran across section 8.
In 2019 the NAR encouraged sections to hold a Land the Eagle Contest to commemorate the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Linda and I did the setup and judged the contest. It was done pretty much as described by RHobbs1
We had eight dowels in the ground along with caution tape to form an octagon. I think the diameter was 30 meters. We had a dowel in the middle with an American flag. There was a junior and senior division with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. If a rocket landed in the octagon, we took a measurement from the flag to the rocket and recorded the results.
The nice thing was that the contest did not interfere with the flow of the launches. I may still have the caution tape and dowels if someone wants to run the contest. Guy loaned me his wicked long tape measure which is in meters. I would be willing to help with the setup. I have a Take IT Make IT kit that Guy gave me that I can donate as a prize.