The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Approximately 4,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. The contest’s rules and scoring parameters change every cycle to challenge the students’ ingenuity and encourage a fresh approach to rocket design.

The requirements for this year's contest are as follows:

  1. The rocket must be no less than 650 mm (25.6 in) tall.

  2. The rocket should weigh no more than 650 grams.

  3. The rocket must carry a payload of three eggs weighing 55 - 61 grams.

  4. The rocket must travel to an altitude of 856 ft.

  5. The rocket should return to the ground with the egg uncracked within 43-46 seconds.

  6. The rocket flown at finals must be painted or have other decorative coating applied to the exterior of the rocket.

  7. Both halves of the rocket must come down in two separate pieces, under two separate recovery systems.

In May, the top 100 teams, based on local qualification flights, are invited to Washington D.C. for the national finals. The winning team will travel to the Paris to compete in the International finals.

Test flights are conducted at the Underwood Family Farm in Moorpark, CA. We're very grateful to the Underwood family for allowing us use of their facilities.

In 2012, the team finished 17th in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

In 2013, the team was selected for the NASA student launch initiative program, for which they built and launched a 26 lbs, 11 foot tall rocket at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

In 2016, the team was divided into two different teams because of increased membership. Team 2 finished 33rd in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

In 2018, team 1 made it into the The TARC National Finals and competed in Virginia.

The team continues to work toward competing in TARC throughout 2018 and 2019.


Team 2 participates in the 2015-2016 TARC National Finals

Team 2 chose to name their winning rocket "the Boeing 100" to give thanks to the Boeing Company, our biggest sponsor, and to celebrate their 100th anniversary. 

practice Tarc Launches from 2015 - 2016

Tarc launches From Previous years