Name: Mark B. Bundick
NAR #: 19250 LIFE
Email Address: email@example.com
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 Duration.
State the Logic of the Change: The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) has always had a target duration performance metric, and middle and high school teams have shown they are capable of building models, which will consistently achieve the target duration under a variety of atmospheric conditions. Incorporating this well-known competition metric into the NRC will broaden participation and, in contrast to other NRC events, will already be familiar to TARC participants. I chose to NOT include Random Duration because it is fundamentally different than the TARC experience, and competitors would be flying different random duration times all during the contest year. While that’s interesting and fun, Random Duration didn’t parallel the TARC duration 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
2 Comments on RCP# 2019-08
I have a similar concern with this proposal as I do with RCP#7.Â I would support a separate revision to add Set Duration only.
As for the top ten list becoming large, I don't see that as a problem.Â In fact I think it may spur for competition at NARAM with a larger number arriving at NARAM with a top rank and a shoot out of sorts to see who leaves NARAM with top event honors.Â Getting more to NARAM is one of the goals and if there are 20 top 20 competitors with 10 of those the a #1 rank is that really a bad thing?
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).
My only 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. Â Perhaps that is not really an issue, or one that can be addressed with future rule changes.Â