Land the Eagle Event

This is a NAR event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, July 20, 2019. The contest objective is to launch a model rocket and have it land on an area in a field representing the moon. The contestant whose rocket lands closest to the “Tranquility Base” target is the winner.

Contest Rules

  1. The contest is open to all model rocketeers registered at NSL 2019.
  2. Contestants must follow all applicable safety rules. This includes launching within 20 degrees of vertical and downrange.
  3. Modelers must provide their own model rockets, wadding, engines, igniters, and prepping tools. The NSL Staff will provide the launch equipment suitable for 1/8” and 3/16” diameter launch lugs.
  4. Model rockets must use a single engine for each flight that is a “C” class engines or smaller.
  5. Total weight of the model rocket with engine must be less than four ounces.
  6. Model rockets must land safely by a recovery system using either a streamer or parachute for their recovery. If the rocket’s landing is unsafe the flight will be disqualified.
  7. Model rockets must not separate into two or more unattached parts during flight.

Contest Judging

  1. Modelers may launch their models one time. The model should be marked with the modeler’s name.
  2. Contestants must inform the Pad Manager that they making their Land the Eagle flight when requesting a pad assignment.
  3. A launch is a successful ignition of the engine so that the model leaves the launch pad.
  4. The object of the event is to determine whose flight comes closest to reaching the center of a circular150’-diameter “Moon” marked on the ground.
  5. If a model rocket lands on the “Moon,” contestants must leave the model rocket undisturbed until the model rocket is measured.
  6. Officials will measure all model rockets that land within the “Moon’s” boundaries.
  7. Measurement will be from the “Moon’s” center marker to the tip of the model rocket’s nosecone. The measurement becomes the contestant’s score.
  8. The person with the smallest measurement (i.e., closest to the “Moon” center) will be declared the winner. The next smallest score will be second place and so on.
  9. The contest will be flown in two age divisions: one is for those 15 years and younger; the other is for those 16 years and older.
  10. Decisions of the judges are final.


–Contest Registration closes at 3PM Saturday, June 7.

–Contestant must register before their contest flight

–Contest Flying Period – Daylight flight hours of operation on Saturday, June 7.

–Awards Ceremony will be after daylight flying ends on Saturday at the Registration area. Listen for PA announcements.