Among many of the competitions the Tiki Techs were able to take part in this year, Team America Rocketry Challenge, or TARC, presented itself as a unique opportunity for students to pursue something out of the ordinary. TARC is an annual, hands-on, project/competition based on the aerospace industry’s design, engineering, fabrication, and testing processes.
The students participate in a team with other students to design, build, and launch their own rockets; the goal is for the rocket to meet very specific flight and construction parameters, similar to an actual rocket launch. Every year the primary goal is the same, the rocket is to reach a certain altitude within a range of times and land without breaking an egg that is carried onboard the rocket.
The students in this year’s TARC team started the design process early in the season to avoid the time crunch they ran into last year, where they barely made the cut-off date for qualification flights. From a delay in the shipment of parts to a faulty motor that destroyed one of the rockets, this year’s team underwent an array of tasking problems, resulting in a larger drive and effort, going on to win this year’s competition.