Design a Rocket

TARC
(Team America Rocket Challenge)

Every year TARC hosts a competition in Washington DC that is composed of teams from all over the U.S..  Students are challenged to design and construct rockets that can achieve certain heights, descent times, and protect fragile cargo.  It becomes a priceless experience that enhances a student's team work, leadership, and problem solving skills.  Take a look at the video on the right.

If you want to get involved in this rewarding experience.  Start with these short tutorials.  Take it one step at a time.  It's free!

1.  How to download Open Rocket

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can download Open Rocket onto your computer.  There is no need to login and it is completely free.

2.  How to use Open Rocket

This tutorial will demonstrate how Open Rocket works.  You will how to add parts to your rocket.

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3.  How to Add a Motor

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can add a motor to your rocket.

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4.  Rocket Science - Stability

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can add a stabilize your rocket by subtracting the center of gravity from the center of pressure and dividing by the diameter.

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5.   Flight Simulations

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can run simulations so you can analyze your rocket's performance.

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6.  How to Adjust a Rocket

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can make adjustments to your rocket to improve it's performance.

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7.  Adjusting Nose Cones

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can make adjustments to your nose cone to improve your rocket's performance.

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8.  Adjusting the Body Tube

This tutorial will demonstrate how you can adjust the length of the body tube to change the rocket's stability and apogee.

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9.  Safety and Where to Launch a Rocket

This tutorial will show you where you can download safety guidelines and learn where you can safely launch your rocket.  Download it now using the button below.