Competition Guide

Advanced Planetary Lander Event

Design a rocket and planetary lander to launch to a minimum of 1000 feet and deploy the planetary lander. The planetary lander must be deployed from the rocket at no less than 600 feet from the ground after the rocket reaches 1000 feet. The planetary lander must be fully contained in the rocket before being deployed. Once deployed, the planetary lander must return to the ground safely. Once landed, time starts for the planetary lander to perform the different levels of operations for no less than 15 minutes. Telemetry must be transmitted at no faster than 1 Hz rate. A ground station must be developed to collect and display the telemetry received. Extra points are earned of the data is plotted in real time. If images are to be acquired from the lander, each image must be displayed on the ground station. Each image captured must be displayed. Newer images can replace older images on the ground station display.

Planetary Lander Kit Event

This event if for high school teams only. Teams must use a FoGE Planetary Lander Kit for the competition. Teams must assemble and program the kit to be launched from a rocket to an altitude of 1000 feet minimum, be deployed from the rocket, and safely land. After landing, the Planetary Lander kit must open and upright itself and start collecting sensor data and transmit it to a ground station. All operations are to be completely autonomous. Teams must integrate two additional sensors to the kit in addition to the sensors included. The sensors must be unique and not duplicate any other sensors. Telemetry must be transmitted once every one second. Teams must design and build a rocket to launch the planetary lander to a minimum of 1000 feet. The planetary lander must be deployed at an altitude no less than 600 feet. Teams must develop ground station software to collect all sensor data and display it in real time.

Target Altitude Event

Design and build a rocket to fly on any commercial certified G level rocket motor to an altitude of 1213 feet. The rocket closest to 1213 feet wins. The rocket must safely recover and be in condition to be flown again. The team must perform two successful flights meeting all the requirements out of three attempts. Two attempts must meet the requirements or be disqualified. The altitude difference from 1213 is used as the score. The scores from the two successful attempts are added together. The lowest score wins.

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