Design This Spaceship Contest Winners

Visit the Design This Spaceship contest page to view the winning entries in the contest.

Thanks to all who entered and voted in the contest. All the entries are amazing!

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Design This Spaceship Contest – Time to Vote

Please take a few minutes to review the entries and pick your favorites in the Design this Spaceship Contest. You have until September 7 to visit and cast your votes.

The entries are all excellent, so you’ll enjoy reading about them and viewing the photographs.

Team America Rocketry Challenge

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an annual rocketry competition for students in grades 7 through 12. Sponsored primarily by the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and the Aerospace Industries Association, TARC is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace.

TARC is open to teams from schools or non-profit organizations. Each year’s competition is limited to 750 teams. The teams build and fly rockets designed to meet specific requirements and goals which are different each year. As an example, in 2011, teams had to design, build, and demonstrate a model rocket that carried a raw egg to an altitude as close to 750 feet as possible and stayed airborne for between 40 and 45 seconds using only a single 15-inch diameter parachute as the recovery system.

Each team makes qualifying flights and a score is computed based on how close the rocket meets the contest’s goals. The teams

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Submit Entries for the 2010 (now 2011) Design This Spaceship Contest

You can submit your entries for the 2010/2011 Design This Spaceship contest at:

The above page shows a list of the current entries followed by a description of the contest and prizes. Click on the “Click here” link near the top of the page to add your entry to the list.

Enter the Title and a brief Description of your rocket. The Title should be the name you have assigned to the rocket.

Click the “Submit” button and your entry will be created. You’ll be provided with a link to the “Build” where you will document the details of designing, constructing, and flying your rocket. A Build is sort of like a “blog” where you can create a journal documenting a project you are undertaking.

You can return any time before voting starts to update and add entries to your Build. You can get back to the build by going to the 2010

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April, 2011, Newsletter

Don’t Forget the Reviews!

With all the other features available at, reviews may not have been getting the attention they deserve.

Rocketry reviews, after all, are, and always have been, the heart and soul of So, I recently made a few minor changes to the web site to help make the reviews a little more prominent.

On the home page you’ll now see an excerpt from the “Today’s Featured Review.” As the name implies, the featured review changes every 24 hours. Check out the home page periodically to discover interesting reviews from the past.

In the menu block on each page, I’ve added a direct link to the Reviews home page. In the past, the link was grouped in with all the other “Features” in the menu block’s drop-down list. Now, it’s also available in a more visible and accessible location.

Finally, I added a “Random Review” feature which is

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