Name: Mark B. Bundick
NAR #: 19250 LIFE
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief Summary of the Proposed Change: I am proposing a change to Rule 13.1 National Rocketry Competition (NRC), Section 13.1.4 – NRC Events List to add Predicted and Set Altitude.
State the Logic of the Change: The NRC currently includes three altitude events. The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) has always had a target altitude performance metric, and middle and high school teams have shown they are capable of building models which will consistently achieve a target altitude under a variety of atmospheric conditions. Incorporating this well-known competition metric will broaden participation and, in contrast to other NRC events, will already be familiar to TARC participants. I chose to NOT include Random Altitude because it is fundamentally different than the TARC experience, and competitors would be flying different random altitudes all during the contest year. While that’s interesting and fun, Random Altitude didn’t parallel the TARC altitude metric.
Effect if any on Current Competition and NAR Records: There will be no significant impacts to manufacturers, contest management, records or range operations from this proposed change.
Exact Wording for the Rule Revision as it should appear: Add the following to the list in 13.1.4 NRC Events List: Predicted Altitude-Altimeter Set Altitude – Altimeter
4 Comments on RCP# 2019-07
Generally, I'm in favor of measures that add flexibility for selecting NRC events. However, the current NRC events are performance based (altitude, duration). To move up in the rankings, you need to build a better model that achieves higher altitude or longer duration. Predicted Altitude and Set Altitude would likely turn into just a number-of-flights issue. Whoever has access to more launch dates will win.
I think I'll vote "no" on this RCP.
Hi, Alan here.Â (Don't know why I can't actually input my name. )
I am not a fan ofÂ this idea.Â Â This precision altitude (or duration for that matter) is a great event for a regional event and I would welcome it at NARAM as well, but events like this are set be a single flight, or in the case of TARC, 3 individual official flights.Â With the NRC, you are allowed a virtually unlimited # of flights, which I think would defeat the purpose and skill involved with this type of precision event.Â
I suspect we would wind up with something like 17 people in first place with 0 error, another 10 in 2nd place with 1m of error, another 14 in 3rd place at 2m error, and in the end, it would not be a good selection for NRC.
Would adding predicted altitude necessitate the competitor to select his or her prediction prior to the first flight of the contest year and it remain constant throughout the contest year and thus at NARAM?Â Predicted altitude presently can be different each time it is flown.Â
I like the idea of set altitude be added and suggest that this proposal may be better separated into to revisions.
I am OK with this addition to the NRC list, in the hope that we attract some interest from TARC competitors(or maybe provide some stepping stones events for teams just starting out).
One concern is common with all events that have a maximum best performance. If the max is relatively easy to attain, the top ten list for qualification for the event specialist award may become quite large. Perhaps that is not really an issue, or one that can be addressed with future rule changes.
I do question the growing list of events we are considering adding to the NRC list. There was a rationale to keeping that list to a core of events that facilitated participation across the nations from year to year. Â