President's Challenge

With the change in TRASD launch site away from Plaster City and reduction in waiver, the President’s Challenges rules have been revised. The intent is to allow rocketeers to achieve these challenges at other launch sites with waivers that will support President’s Challenge flights.

When the flight occurs at a launch site other than the TRASD launch site, a detailed description of the rocket, flight, recovery, and condition of the recovered rocket must be signed by the Launch Director. The description should include rocket information (rocket name, length, diameter, pad weight, motors used in flight), flight details (stability, air-starts, deployments and types [drogue-less, streamer, chutes], altitude, speed, success or failure of all planned flight events), recovered rocket condition (fins intact, motors retained, no broken shock cords, no zippers, etc.), and general information (date, launch site location, rocketeer name, Launch Director name and signature).

Submit signed detailed description to Paul Snow to obtain TRASD President’s Challenge Award.

2000 MPH Challange:

  1. The rocket must achieve and record a speed of at least 2000 miles per hour.
  2. The rocket, rocketeer, and launch must all obey the Tripoli HPR Safety Code.
  3. The rocket must pass an inspection by a qualified RSO designated by the Launch Director.
  4. The rocket and flight plan must be presented to the Launch Director prior to the launch and after the flight.
  5. The Launch Director must witness the flight.
  6. The rocket must be recovered safely and in flyable condition.
  7. Preflight discussion with the RSO and Launch Director to include construction, fin attachment method, drag separation prevention, and recovery.
  8. The recorded speed and post flight rocket must be presented to the Launch Director.

Staging/Clustering/Strap-on Boosters [SCSB] (Complex) Challenge Rules

  1. Rocket flight must include at least two air-started APCP high power motors and jettison at least one component (stage or strap-on booster with expended APCP high power motor) after motor burnout. The non-jettisoned rocket component must include at least one air-started APCP high power motor. Black Powder (BP) motors do not count.
  2. The rocket, rocketeer, and launch must all obey the Tripoli HPR Safety Code.
  3. The rocket must pass an inspection by a qualified RSO designated by the Launch Director.
  4. The rocket and written flight plan must be presented to the Launch Director prior to the launch and after the flight.
  5. The Launch Director must witness the flight.
  6. The rocket must be recovered safely and in flyable condition.
  7. Preflight discussion with the RSO and Launch Director to include stability for each flight phase, air-start methodology, cluster ignition methodology (if applicable), staging and/or booster jettison methodology, construction, drag separation, and recovery.
  8. The rocket must be marked with the Center of Pressure (CP) and Center of Gravity (CG) for each flight phase configuration.
  9. All events (air-starts, separations/jettisons, and deployments) must operate as planned.
  10. The post flight rocket with all motor cases still installed must be presented to the Launch Director for inspection.
  11. Rocketeer must currently be NAR or TRA certified Level 2 (prior to the flight).