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EMRR Spaceship Design Contest - 2009
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Essence's Model Rocketry Reviews (EMRR) is pleased to announce our fourth year of this uniquely-EMRR contest. Yes, here we are with the 2009 version of:


DESIGN THIS SPACESHIP CONTEST

Apogee BooksThis year, we were inspired by the Future of Space Travel as inspired by the book "A Vision of Future Space Transportation" by Tim McElyea. Pick this book up from Apogee Books (CGPublishing).

Along with this inspiration, we are especially pleased to have a partner in the contest: Apogee Books. Their publications can be inspirational for the space and rocketry-minded enthusists. Check out their full catalog.

This contest also serves as a bonus item for the 2009 EMRR Challenge, but it is not necessary to participate in the Challenge to participate in this contest... but, why wouldn't you?

That's right, below you will find six (6) Spaceship pictures that we found reading the above mentioned book and through other internet searches. Let's see what you can do:

The contest is very straight-forward:

1) Design a flyable rocket that is as closely as possible replicates one of these six pictures

2) Write up a how-to article, with pics and templates, to allow others to be able to build one

3) Submit pictures

4) Name YOUR Spaceship

NOTE: Entries will not be posted until the 11/01/09 deadline to ensure that an entrant's hard work is not taken by a copy-cat. Fear not! Submit early! Submit more than one design!

* All pictures are copyrighted and can only be used for this contest and not for packaging or sale.

Picture Difficulty
Bonus
Minimum
Requirements
Spaceship
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View 2
R = 1.1
F = 1.0
W = 1.0
18mm Motor (minimum)
(wheels not required)
Spaceship
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View 2   View 3
R = 1.2
F = 1.1
W = 1.2
18mm Motor (minimum)
(notice the hollow under-side)
Spaceship
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R = 1.1
F = 1.1
W = 1.0
18mm Motor (minimum)
Spaceship
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View 2
R = 1.0
F = 1.3
W = 1.1
24mm Motor (minimum)
(Central motor okay)
Spaceship
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View 2
R = 1.2
F = 1.3
W = 1.2
2x13mm Motor (minimum)
[Can be Canted]
Flight Weight reverts 1.2 if only a single central motor
Spaceship
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View 2
R = 1.3
F = 1.2
W = 1.2
13mm Motor (minimum)

BONUS: In harmony with our 2009 EMRR Challenge, get an extra 10 points if you give the above spaceship some sort of booster to get it into orbit; making it a 2-stage rocket. Get an extra 5 points if the booster matches the theme of the rocket (think color, shape, markings, etc.)

FINE PRINT:

  • If the rocket requires clear fins to be stable, the flight score reverts to 1.0 for single motor and 1.1 for clusters
  • Rockets can not be plastic (or any other) model conversions.

Scoring will be determined using the following:

  • 50% = (R)eplication Score * Weight
    • Online Voting will determine total points by normalizing the maximum point earner to a score of 100
    • For Example:
      • 100 Voters selecting top 3 equals 600 total points (300 for 1st, 200 for 2nds, and 100 for 3rd)
      • The highest score will be normalized to 100 and a multiplier will be determined.
      • So if the highest score is 90, then 100/90 = 1.11 which will then be the multiplier. If you gained 76 vote points, then your score will be 76 * 1.11 = 84.36
  • 15% = (F)light Score * Weight
    • 1 Successful Flight =25 points
    • 2 Successful Flights =50 points
    • 3 Successful Flights =75 points
    • 3 Successful Flights with at least 1 different motor/configuration = 100 points
    • A lot of trust here, so please take photos, movies, etc.
  • 25% = (W)rite Up Score * Weight
    • Online Voting will determine total points by normalizing the maximum point earner to a score of 100
    • For Example:
      • 100 Voters selecting top 3 equals 600 total points (300 for 1st, 200 for 2nds, and 100 for 3rd)
      • The highest score will be normalized to 100 and a multiplier will be determined.
      • So if the highest score is 90, then 100/90 = 1.11 which will then be the multiplier. If you gained 76 vote points, then your score will be 76 * 1.11 = 84.36
  • 10% = Best in Group Percentage
    • Online Voting will determine total place
    • The Percentage of total Rockets in Group will equal your score
    • For Example:
      • 5 Rockets in Group and yours places 2nd = 80
      • 5 Rockets in Group and yours places 1st = 100
      • 1 Rocket in Group and yours is it = 100

Winners will be judged by EMRR Guests during a voting period after the December 1st deadline.

  • Each entrant may enter (1) entry of each rocket photo (Maximum of 4 entries allowed)
  • Each entry must include at least (1) Static and (1) Flight photo, however, to allow others to be able to build the rocket from your article, more pictures, templates, and drawings are encouraged.
    • Entry photos, templates, or drawings may be GIF, JPEG, of BMP - or - if you don't have an electronic photo, e-mail us for a mailing address and we will scan them in for you.
  • The winner will have first choice from the pool of prizes available for the contest, the runner up getting second pick, etc.
    • Each entrant may only win one prize based on the highest placement of the entrant's one - four entries.
    • If there are more than enough prizes, then prize selection will begin again with the highest placing second entry per entrant
  • Submissions required by 11/01/2009.
  • Online Voting will take place after all submissions are posted.

Submit your entries here:[E-Mail]


PRIZE TABLE*:
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PRIZE SELECTION: The normal prize selection procedure for EMRR is that at the end of the contest winners will get an e-mail THROUGH THE eList asking them to acknowledge by reply within a week. Prize selection is done through this e-mail exchange.

Apogee Books
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Creating Space
The top 3 winners will receive the book:

Creating Space by Mat Irvine
with a Foreword by Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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Centaur
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SpaceCAD
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Now you can "really" design your own spaceships with a Registered version of SpaceCAD

Entries:

Duane Boldt Astrox Icarus Pic (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.2= 60.0
(F)light= 100*15%*1.1= 16.5
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.2= 30.0
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 10.0
Booster Bonus= 15.0
FINAL SCORE= 131.5
Ray King Love Boat Pic (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.3= 62.0
(F)light= 100*15%*1.2= 18.0
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.2= 18.2
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 10.0
Booster Bonus= 15.0
FINAL SCORE= 123.2
Matt Gillard Spaceglider Pic (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.1= 38.4
(F)light= 100*15%*1.1= 16.5
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.0= 10.5
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 10.0
Booster Bonus= 15.0
FINAL SCORE= 90.4
Ray King Starburst Pic (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.0= 17.4
(F)light= 100*15%*1.3= 19.5
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.1= 8.0
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 8.7
Booster Bonus= 15.0
FINAL SCORE= 68.6
Jim Bassham VTHL Pic (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.1= 33.3
(F)light= 100*15%*1.1= 16.5
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.0= 5.5
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 9.1
Booster Bonus= 0.0
FINAL SCORE= 64.4
Glenn Roth Jupiter II Picture (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.0= 8.7
(F)light= 100*15%*1.3= 19.5
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.1= 8.7
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 6.8
Booster Bonus= 15.0
FINAL SCORE= 58.7
Peter Stanley Chicken Hawk Picture (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.0= 19.2
(F)light= 100*15%*1.3= 14.6
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.1= 11.9
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 10.0
Booster Bonus= 0.0
FINAL SCORE= 55.7
Kathy Miller SynerJet Pic (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.0= 16.3
(F)light= 100*15%*1.3= 14.6
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.1= 9.4
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 4.7
Booster Bonus= 0.0
FINAL SCORE= 45.0
Eldred Pickett Cone-glomeration Pic (R)eplication= 100*50%*1.1= 8.3
(F)light= 100*15%*1.1= 0.0
(W)rite-up= 97.9*25%*1.0= 3.0
(B)est in Group= 100*10%= 5.8
Booster Bonus= 0.0
FINAL SCORE= 17.1

* PRIZE SELECTION: At the end of the contest winners will get an e-mail THROUGH THE eList asking them to acknowledge by reply within a week. Prize selection is done through this e-mail exchange.

The actual number of prizes issued will not exceed 3/4ths of the number of contest entries (e.g. if there are 10 prizes and only 10 entries, only 7 prizes will be issued). EMRR assumes no responsibility for the prize once it leaves our or the prize donor's location. EMRR is not liable for any damages or injury caused by the assembly or use of the prize.

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