Competition Guide

Mars Rover Event

Design a rocket and Mars rover to launch to at least 1000 feet and deploy the Mars rover. The Mars rover must be fully contained in the rocket before being deployed. Once deployed, the Mars rover must return to the ground safely. Once landed, the rover shall disconnect or remove itself from any recovery device and travel 3 feet from the recovery device which will be used as a marker indicating the starting position. At the three foot mark, the rover shall stop and wait for a command. When commanded, the rover shall collect at least 5 grams of soil and place it in a detachable container. A maximum of 25 grams can be collected. The rover will have 5 minutes to collect the soil. A second command shall be used to have the rover take a picture of the area where the soil was collected. The commands for each action must be a single command that triggers the required operation.
The source of the commands shall be a small hand held wireless controller. The controller shall be capable of sending the two commands. As a bonus the image captured shall be received and displayed on the hand held controller.

Deployable Sensor Payload Event

Design a payload and rocket to launch to at least 800 feet and no more than 1300 feet and have the payload deploy from the rocket. They payload shall descend under parachute and collect atmospheric data - air pressure, humidity and temperature. The position of the payload shall be tracked with GPS. A video camera shall be included that will take video of the ground and be spin stabilized so the video does not show a spinning landscape. For a bonus, measure the cross wind speed during the descent of the payload.

Target Altitude Event

Design and build a cone shaped vehicle to fly on any commercial certified F level rocket motor to as close to 350 feet as possible. The vehicle must be in the shape of a cone. The vehicle must have a height to diameter ratio of 1:1 or less. The height of the body cannot be more than the diameter not including any fins. Launch rods can be used due to the expected unique shape of the vehicle. The launch rod diameter shall be ΒΌ inch. For the recovery phase of the flight, the vehicle must use its drag to descend at a safe speed that does not damage the vehicle. Tumbling is not permitted. Parachutes and streamers are not permitted. The vehicle must carry a commercial altimeter. The vehicle must safely recover and be in condition to be flown again. The team must perform two successful flights meeting all the requirements out of three attempts. Two attempts must meet the requirements or be disqualified. The team with the closest altitude to 350 feet wins.