Competition Guide

Mars Rover Event

Design a rocket and Mars rover to launch to at least 1000 feet and deploy the Mars rover. The Mars rover must be fully contained in the rocket before being deployed. Once deployed, the Mars rover must return to the ground safely. Once landed, the rover shall disconnect or remove itself from any recovery device and travel 3 feet from the recovery device which will be used as a marker indicating the starting position. At the three foot mark, the rover shall stop and wait for a command. When commanded, the rover shall collect at least 5 grams of soil and place it in a detachable container. A maximum of 25 grams can be collected. The rover will have 5 minutes to collect the soil. A second command shall be used to have the rover take a picture of the area where the soil was collected. The commands for each action must be a single command that triggers the required operation.
The source of the commands shall be a small hand held wireless controller. The controller shall be capable of sending the two commands. As a bonus the image captured shall be received and displayed on the hand held controller.

Sounding Rocket Event

The mission is to launch a sounding rocket to an altitude above 1100 feet and not to exceed 1800 feet using a commercial certified G rocket motor. The payload must include sensors and a XBEE radio transmitter to send telemetry. Telemetry must be sent at a 1 Hz rate and include current altitude, current speed based on accelerometer and current speed based on a pitot tube. A ground station is required to collect the telemetry and display the data. The XBEE radio NET/PAN ID must be set to the team number.

Target Altitude Event

Design and build a rocket to fly on any commercial certified F level rocket motor to an altitude of 1001 feet. The rocket closest to 1001 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 1001 is used as the score. The scores from the two successful attempts are added together. The lowest score wins.

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