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