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Competition Rocketry

How high up did it go? Can I make it fly higher?
How can I make it fly better?
Why do I keep losing my rockets?

If you are asking yourself questions like these, then Welcome to the Club!

Since 1959, sanctioned NAR model rocket competition has evolved into a proven method for challenging the individual to improve craftsmanship and flying skills. It is an activity that emphasizes patience, skill, and sportsmanship. Any NAR member can participate in NAR sanctioned competition.

The U.S. Model Rocket Sporting Code , or "Pink Book," is the official rulebook for conducting and participating in NAR sanctioned competition. NAR members can design and build model rockets for over 25 different competition events . Official US Records can be set in many of these events. The NAR has an archive of competition rocket plans suitable for many contest events and skill levels. In 2009 the NAR expanded its competition program by introducing a new dimension of competition for for high-power rockets. This new program is described in the High Power Rocket Sporting Code.

Each year the NAR Contest Board conducts a rules change process to permit members to propose improvements and corrections to the U.S. Model Rocket Sporting Code. Any member may submit a proposal using an online form After proposals have been submitted, they are posted for a public comment period on the rules revision forum. Following the comment period, members may then vote on the proposals. Those that pass will go into effect the next competition year.

NAR Sections across the country host dozens of NAR Meets (a.k.a. contests, competition launches) that provide the focal point for NAR competition rocketry. Meets range in size from a few fliers from a local club to large, regional-scale meets drawing fliers from several states. The NAR holds an annual National Meet (NARAM) to bring together all NAR members and sections for a weeklong event.

Launch Windows Online lists most of the competition events currently scheduled. Not all meets are always listed, so it is best to contact an NAR Section near you to find out about contest activity in your area.

Want to run a competition meet but aren't sure how to do it? The Contest Board has just released the Contest Director's Guide . This will help new (and old) Contest Directors in running local meets, from section meets to regionals. You can always ask your regional contest chair questions, but this guide should help you through most of your questions.


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