Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: 10-Aug-2020
Is this an official National Association of Rocketry (NAR) or Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) contest?
No, this is an unofficial, just-for-fun, informal postal contest designed to promote friendship and fellowship. It is also designed to help foster interest in FAI space modeling.
What is a virtual contest? Do I have to mail my rockets to you?
A virtual contest is an event where the participants all fly by the same rules wherever it is convenient and during a specified time period. Each participant sends their flight results via email to the contest organizers, and scores are tallied up. In the past, results were mailed in, and the events were called “postal contests”.
How do I register?
If you would like to participate in the Virtual World Cup, please complete a registration form and send via email to the Contest Director and Sports Director.
Do I have to be an NAR member or hold an FAI license to participate?
No, the Virtual World Cup is open to space modelers worldwide!
How much does it cost?
$0. At current exchange rates, this is €0, ¥0, or £0.
Where can I fly in this contest?
Earth, although exceptions may be made if a compelling alternate opportunity is presented.
Can I fly an event multiple times to improve my score?
No, but you may choose the day on which you fly each event.
Which altimeters can I use for S2/P?
You may use any NAR contest-approved altimeter (click here for the complete list). Popular altimeters for competition include the Adrel BMP, PerfectFlite Firefly and Pnut, and Altus Metrum MicroPeak. Please see the expanded S2/P rules for additional information concerning temperature reporting when using altimeters.
Where do I send my results?
Fill out a Flight Results form and email them to to the Contest Director and Sports Director.
Where can I find the results?
The contest results will be published in CupNavigator.
If I fly at a sanctioned club or federation launch, can those flights count for the World Space Modeling Virtual Open Meet?
Yes, if your club or federation is holding any type of organized launch activity, you may submit flights completed at these events.
Are there any awards?
No, only the enduring respect of your fellow space modelers!
Can I register after flying starts?
Yes, you can register and start flying anytime up the end of the contest period (14 October). But we would like to hear from you now if you’re thinking about participating in order to get a feel for the level of interest.
Will there be separate Senior and Junior divisions?
No. Juniors and Seniors will fly against each other. We sincerely hope that the Juniors beat the Seniors!
Where do I send my S7 Scale Data?
See “Expanded rules for S7 ” on the Events and Results page for additional information.
Where can I get a kit to build a 40mm Streamer or Helicopter duration kit?
Most FAI duration models are carefully built from lightweight fiberglass. Apogee Rockets offers kits that will allow you to sidestep that process.
- “Rotary Revolution” FAI Gyrocopter Rocket kit: https://www.apogeerockets.com/Rocket-Kits/Skill-Level-4-Model-Rocket-Kits/Rotary-Revolution?cPath=1_307&
- “International Thermal Sailor” – for S6, replace the included parachute with a streamer: https://www.apogeerockets.com/Rocket-Kits/Skill-Level-4-Model-Rocket-Kits/International-Thermal-Sailor