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RockSim Virtual Rocket Contest #3
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Essence's Model Rocketry Reviews (EMRR) is happy to introduce a third "virtual" rocket contest. We are excited as this has been a never-before-done "virtual" rocket activity and we see no limits. So this time, with our wonderful sponsors, we are eggstra eggsited. So don't be chicken and enter our Egg-Payload "Virtual" Rocket Contest.

So, grab your copy of RockSim (or the Demo version) and build a rocket that meets the requirements below and the "virtual flying" contest will take place on December 15, 2003.

Contest Requirements:

  • RockSim Owners: Entry must be (1) RKT file (any version)
  • RockSim DEMO Entries: Entry must include the following:
    • All the information from the Parts List
    • A drawing of your fins
    • Thickness of your fins (material is in Parts List)
    • Location of your fins with reference to the rear of the rocket in inches
  • Name your Rocket
  • Contestants may only have (1) entry
  • Contestants must be on EMRR's Announcement List to be eligible
  • 1% Bonus will be gained on each contest flight if you build, fly and produce pictures of the rocket:
    • (1) Picture of the rocket static
    • (1) Picture of the rocket launching or descending
  • Entries must be received by 12/14/2003.
  • Contest will take place from 12/15 - 12/19.

CLICK HERE FOR Q A

CLICK HERE FOR Fine Print

RockSim Rocket Design Requirements:

  • Rocket Design Specs:
    • Motor Configuration:
      • Designer's choice (staged, cluster, or single)
      • Total Thrust allowed must be <81 Newton Seconds (e.g. single F motor, 4-D's, 1-E+D's, etc.)
      • These are valid Motors and Curves (virtual3.eng)
        (if you need assistance loading these, e-mail me)
    • Egg-bay:
      • Must be BT-70 with provisions to maintain the egg within a 2½" free space and accessible from 1 side.
      • Each contestant will be assigned a different egg from a set of eggs in the EMRR refrigerator at the time of the contest. To give you some guidance, NAR contest rules says an egg would weigh between 57 and 63 grams.
    • Body Tubes:
      • At least three diameters of body tubes must be used on the exterior of the rocket, the Egg-bay may count as one.
      • All exterior tubes must be at least 3 times longer or shorter than any other exterior tube
      • Diameters must be standard tube sizes (selected from RockSim Database)
    • Fins:
      • There must be at least 2 sets of fins of 2 - 6 fins
      • They must each be mounted on at least two different exterior tubes
      • At least one fin set must have at least 7 points in custom design (include leading and trailing edges) with no point closer than ¼" to another (the idea is to have points and not corner rounding)
      • Fins can not be any thinner than 1/8" of an inch
      • RockSIM 7x asymmetrical fins are allowed
  • Materials must be standard weights that are in the Rocksim database
  • Materials must be standard thicknesses that are in the Rocksim database
  • Must include realistic recovery and launch lugs (motor hook is optional)
    • Important: each of the events will require the safe landing of your egg, therefore, a landing speed of < 13 feet/second
  • NO CP Overrides
  • NO Mass Overrides
  • NO additional Mass Objects for adjusting weight and CP
    • Allowed Mass Objects are realistically sized/weight shock cord, eye-screws, etc.
  • Must have at least 1 caliber of stability (RockSim Based) when loaded with your selected motor(s)
  • Select the rocket part colors that your would like to see posted
  • Specifics
    • You must choose your motors for Event #1, #3, and #4
      • Motor selection must match motor tube size, no adapters and no masking tape allowed
      • All motor tubes must have a motor assigned to them for each flight
    • You must select your 48" rod angle, less than +/- 31 degrees, for Event #1
    • You must select your 48" rod angles, each being less than +/- 31 degrees, for Event #4 (Drag Race) for three different wind conditions. Be sure to give the proper "plus" or "minus" sign indication:
      • 1) 2-7 mph slight variable
      • 2) 5-10 mph slight variable
      • 3) 7-12 mph slight variable

Contest Events:

  • Your rocket will be flown in (4) events and will accumulate a total score:
    1. Eggxact Altitude: your rocket will fly with an egg, your choice of motor combination, and with your selected launch rod angle. The objective is to be closest to 1500 altitude and have an egg-safe landing within the field. RockSIM 7 variations will be active: Launch Conditions and Competition Settings. The placement score will be based on closest to the target altitude (feet).
      - See Results
    2. MEgga Altitude: your rocket will fly with an egg and a "contest impulse motor combination", a "contest mass-override", and "contest conditions". The objective is to have the highest altitude and have an egg-safe landing within the field. The placement score will be the Altitude (ft).
      - See Results
    3. Chickens Don't Fly: your rocket will fly with an egg and your choice of motor combination. The objective is to have the slowest flight and lowest altitude and have an egg-safe landing within the field. RockSIM 7 variations will be active: Launch Conditions and Competition Settings. The placement score will be based on lowest altitude (feet) and the slowest velocity (f/s).
      - See Results
    4. The Scramble Race: your rocket will compete in an all-rocket Scramble drag race with an egg and your choice of motor combination. All will fly at once in three races with your selected launch rod angle. The flight must have an egg-safe landing within the field. Placement will be based on 1) Fastest to clear launch rail (sec) with 48" rod; 2) Longest time to landing (sec), and 3) Lowest Range (closest to pad in feet).
      - See Results
  • DQ Conditions
    • Deployment fail as determined by RockSIM
    • Descent/Landing must be < 13 feet/sec vertical
    • Any of the Competition Settings
  • DQ Results
    • No results for just that event (you will get 1 point in the placement score)
    • Same egg will be used, even if broken, for all events
    • Lost rocket is only lost for that event

* NOTE: All "contest" settings and entries will not be disclosed until all entries are in!

    • Submission Checklist
      • RockSIM RKT file from any version/demo
      • Rocket Name
      • Motor selection for Contest #1, #3, and #4
      • Launch Rod angles for Contest #1 and #4

PRIZE TABLE:

Apogee CD CD-ROM called "Simulating Strap-On Boosters to RockSim"
Link Out Spaceship Handbook A copy of the Spaceship Handbook by Jack Hagerty and Jon C. Rogers, published by ARA Press. Over 100 Data Sheets on 75 different spacecraft. (see review)
[Picture] [Picture] Any Style Flying Saucer of your choice of design up to a 29mm motor mount.
[Picture] UFO Picture Any Style Flying Saucer of your choice of design up to a 29mm motor mount.
BANNER Mini Neubauer Super Tube (see review)
BANNER Mini Neubauer D Region Tomahawk
Link Out $40Gift Certificate
Link Out Moondance Sunward's Moondance (see review)
Link Out Desert Fox Sunward's Desert Fox (see review)
Logo Set of Advanced Information Reports:

#1 - Motor Installation
#4 - Ace Fugue Shroud Method
#5 - Boosted Dart Theory
#6 - Motor Selection and Performance Optimization
#7 - Ground Support Equipment
#8 - Stability
#10 - Advanced Construction Techniques

Let the Games Begin!


Naquin Gardei Cox Myers Ross Lee Levison Paquin Policy Damerau Stafford Meyers Magieri Davis Stevens Krosney Schoenkin
   14      8      1      6    12     9     7      5     13      2      17     11   4    16         3            10          15   
NAME OF
ENTRANT
NAME OF
ROCKET
FILE Current
STANDING!
#3 - Bob Cox Omelette Of Zeus image 2
Length=21.9"
Width=2.22"
Weight=3.48 oz
Fin Points=so many
Motor=18mm x1
Egg=60g
image
EMRR Comments: There were too many points to count in these very unique (now let's see ya make them) lightning bolt fins! Impressive. Bob won the Chickens Don't Fly event (#3) with an interesting technique.
#10 - Drake "Doc" Damerau Eggs-ample image 4
Length=28.0"
Width=2.22"
Weight=2.54 oz
Fin Points=7
Motor=18mm x5
Egg=58g
image
EMRR Comments: Working the flexibility of a 5 motor cluster.
#15 - Chan Stevens Shake Your Tail Feathers image 1
Length=27.1"
Width=2.6"
Weight=3.67 oz
Fin Points=7
Motor=
Sust: 18mm x1
Boost: 18mm x7
Egg=59g
image
EMRR Comments: Large tail feathers, to be shaken! And this 2-stager did shake them. It proved to be take the MEgga Altitude event (#2) by flying 34 feet higher than Bob Cox's.
#13 - Michael Mangieri Egg-citable image 6
Length=28.7"
Width=2.2"
Weight=5.49 oz
Fin Points=7
Motor=24mm x1
Egg=61g
image
EMRR Comments: Was able to work something into the rules that was unexpected... an extended motor tube becomes an external tube! This is a sleek looking rocket.
#8 - Claude Paquin Iron Chef image 6
Length=21.0"
Width=2.22"
Weight=2.94 oz
Fin Points=8
Motor=24mm x2
Egg=60g
image
EMRR Comments: We get the "point" Claude. (That's the first thing that popped into my head when I first looked at this rocket). Unique fins give it a unique look. Nice.
#4 - Jim Myers Yolkum image 3
Length=45.1"
Width=2.6"
Weight=11.24 oz
Fin Points=8
Motor=18mm x4
Egg=59g
image
EMRR Comments: Jim's sleek-line designed paid off as he was the closest to 1500 feet in the Eggxact Altitude event (#1). Only missed it by 1 foot!
#7 - Bruce Levison Eggbeater image 6
Length=23.9"
Width=2.22"
Weight=4.26 oz
Fin Points=7
Motor=24mm x1
Egg=60g
image
EMRR Comments: Always coming to the contest with something unique, Bruce has done it again. He is actually a master RockSIM designer.
#2 - Doug Gardei Eggsterdam image 4
Length=32.4"
Width=2.22"
Weight=7.43 oz
Fin Points=9
Motor=
Sust: 24mm x1
Boost: 24mm x1, 13mm x 6
Egg=57g
image
EMRR Comments: Wow! 2-Stager, multiple motors. This entry shows the variety we were hoping for from this contest!
#6 - Morgan Lee Mr. Eagen (sounds like Mr. EGGen) image 10
Length=21.3"
Width=2.22"
Weight=3.65 oz
Fin Points=15
Motor=24mm x1
Egg=61g
image
EMRR Comments: How can you not say that this rocket is the most creative and theme based of the bunch!! Love it! Morgan, go build it!
#16 - Bill Krosney Eggscalibur image 9
Length=34.2"
Width=4.0"
Weight=5.2 oz
Fin Points=9
Motor=18mm x4
Egg=59g
image
EMRR Comments: Bill did the most thorough job in designing and documenting his experience. Read it here. Thanks for the nice comments and sharing the experience.
#12 - Ron Meyers Eggnaut image 13
Length=35.0"
Width=2.6"
Weight=8.91 oz
Fin Points=7
Motor=
Sust: 24mm x1
Boost: 24mm x2
Egg=57g
image
EMRR Comments: This would make a cool looking 2-stage rocket. I like the extension of the motor tubes and also the rear fin.
#5 - Frank Ross E.G.G.-3 image 11
Length=39.8"
Width=2.22"
Weight=5.41 oz
Fin Points=8+
Motor=24mm x1, 18mm x3
Egg=59g
image
EMRR Comments: Another slick interpretation of getting 3 external tubes. Don't know if it would get pass a "real" RSO, but it certainly works for a "virtual" RSO.
#9 - Joe Policy Eggsterminator image 12
Length=33.1"
Width=2.22"
Weight=4.74 oz
Fin Points=14
Motor=24mm x3
Egg=63g
image
EMRR Comments: With tail feathers, this rocket has a unique look. The 3rd body tube is interestingly placed on this.
#1 - Steve Naquin Eggo image 15
Length=36.9"
Width=3.1"
Weight=16.23 oz
Fin Points=12
Motor=29mm x1
Egg=58g
image
EMRR Comments: I always sit in anticipation of the first entry. This is because I build a test model or two to finalize the rules and events, but never know if it too specific. Steve's first entry helps resolve that.
#17 - Nathan Schoenkin Rocket in Pocket image 17
Length=54.1"
Width=3.1"
Weight=21.6 oz
Fin Points=7
Motor=24mm x4
Egg=60g
image
EMRR Comments: Designed to look like a pocket-knife, it has a unique profile. This was the heaviest entry and so it had some difficulties. But an entry is an opportunity!
#14 - Clive Davis Der SchwarzenEGGer image 14
Length=40.0"
Width=2.6"
Weight=3.27 oz
Fin Points=10
Motor=24mm x4
Egg=62g
image
EMRR Comments: With those forward fins, this rocket looks "mean". Adding black, gives it an "evil" look. Ready to attack all those other chickens!
#11 - Dick Stafford Scrambler image 16
Length=55.6"
Width=2.22"
Weight=6.23 oz
Fin Points=13
Motor=29mm x1
Egg=63g
image
EMRR Comments: If this doesn't look like an alien ship...

Eggxact Altitude: your rocket will fly with an egg, your choice of motor combination, and with your selected launch rod angle. The objective is to be closest to 1500 altitude and have an egg-safe landing within the field. RockSIM 7 variations will be active: Launch Conditions and Competition Settings. The placement score will be based on closest to the target altitude (feet).

EMRR Comments: What made this contest interesting, is the variability in techniques. Some use zero angle and varies motors to reach the altitude. The ones with a single motor, no doubt, varied the weight of the rocket. Others used rod angle to have the peak arc at 1500. As you can see, the leaders were very close with the difference probably attributed to egg weight and wind variation.

  Rocketeer Rocket Name Egg EGGxact
Altitude
Delta (1500) P
O
I
N
T
S
1 Steve Naquin Eggo 58 1418.56 81.44 2
2 Douglas Gardei Eggsterdam*# 57 1497.50 2.50 15
3 Bob Cox Omelette Of Zeus 60 1486.22 13.78 7
4 Jim Myers Yolkum# 59 1501.05 1.05 17
5 Frank Ross E.G.G.-3# 59 1470.66 29.34 4
6 Morgan Lee Mr. Eagen 61 1513.77 13.77 8
7 Bruce Levison Eggbeater 60 1491.40 8.60 10
8 Claude Paquin Iron Chef# 60 1575.21 75.21 3
9 Joe Policy Eggsterminator# 63 1495.84 4.16 14
10 Drake Damerau Eggs-ample# 58 1504.31 4.31 12
11 Dick Stafford Scrambler 63 1474.29 25.71 6
12 Ron Meyers Eggnaut* 57 1527.75 27.75 5
13 Michael Magieri Egg-citable 61 1495.71 4.29 13
14 Clive Davis SchwarzenEGGer# 62 1493.12 6.88 11
15 Chan Stevens Shake Your Tail Feathers*# 59 1497.85 2.15 16
16 Bill Krosney Eggscalibur# 59 1513.10 13.10 9
17 Nathan Schoenkin Rocket in Pocket# 60 846.35 653.65 1
* 2-Stage Rockets
# Cluster Rockets

MEgga Altitude: your rocket will fly with an egg and a "contest impulse motor combination", a "contest mass-override", and "contest conditions". The objective is to have the highest altitude and have an egg-safe landing within the field. The placement score will be the Altitude (ft).

EMRR Comments:I made the equivalents for Apogee F10 motors for each rocket. I also, set each rocket to 6 oz (for 2-stages, they were set based on the proportional weight of the original). I set wind and thermals to zero, rod angle to zero and let them rip!

I really expected the 2-stagers to rule here and for the most part they did. But look at this single motor configuration of Bob Cox! It was only beat by 34 feet by a 2-stager! And those two rockets were over 1200 feet higher than the nearest competitors!

  Rocketeer Rocket Name Egg mEGGa Altitude P
O
I
N
T
S
1 Steve Naquin Eggo 58 2484.2 3
2 Douglas Gardei Eggsterdam*# 57 4261.0 14
3 Bob Cox Omelette Of Zeus 60 5500.7 16
4 Jim Myers Yolkum# 59 3059.1 5
5 Frank Ross E.G.G.-3# 59 3780.2 12
6 Morgan Lee Mr. Eagen 61 3607.6 10
7 Bruce Levison Eggbeater 60 3432.1 8
8 Claude Paquin Iron Chef# 60 3879.5 13
9 Joe Policy Eggsterminator# 63 3276.7 7
10 Drake Damerau Eggs-ample# 58 3451.6 9
11 Dick Stafford Scrambler 63 2082.3 1
12 Ron Meyers Eggnaut* 57 4291.0 15
13 Michael Magieri Egg-citable 61 3642.5 11
14 Clive Davis SchwarzenEGGer# 62 3252.8 6
15 Chan Stevens Shake Your Tail Feathers*# 59 5534.3 17
16 Bill Krosney Eggscalibur# 59 2772.5 4
17 Nathan Schoenkin Rocket in Pocket# 60 2187.2 2
* 2-Stage Rockets
# Cluster Rockets

Chickens Don't Fly: your rocket will fly with an egg and your choice of motor combination. The objective is to have the slowest flight and lowest altitude and have an egg-safe landing within the field. RockSIM 7 variations will be active: Launch Conditions and Competition Settings. The placement score will be based on lowest altitude (feet) and the slowest velocity (f/s).

EMRR Comments:Now this event is what balanced out those two stagers and cluster rockets. Surprisingly, though, Bill Krosney's 4 motor Eggscalibur was able to compete with the single motor rockets and came in second. It was hard to beat Bob Cox's though. I've seen some perform like this at real launches. We usually laugh.

  Rocketeer Rocket Name Egg Altitude Rank Velocity Rank Total P
O
I
N
T
S
1 Steve Naquin Eggo 58 368.4 6 114.0 8 14 6
2 Douglas Gardei Eggsterdam*# 57 704.5 4 215.3 4 8 5
3 Bob Cox Omelette Of Zeus 60 6.6 17 23.9 17 34 17
4 Jim Myers Yolkum# 59 77.8 15 65.1 15 30 15
5 Frank Ross E.G.G.-3# 59 236.0 8 114.0 9 17 9
6 Morgan Lee Mr. Eagen 61 233.6 9 119.4 6 15 8
7 Bruce Levison Eggbeater 60 149.7 12 111.0 10 22 11
8 Claude Paquin Iron Chef# 60 91.2 14 71.9 14 28 14
9 Joe Policy Eggsterminator# 63 643.4 5 264.3 2 7 3
10 Drake Damerau Eggs-ample# 58 104.5 13 80.8 13 26 13
11 Dick Stafford Scrambler 63 769.0 2 212.4 5 7 3
12 Ron Meyers Eggnaut* 57 713.7 3 215.7 3 6 2
13 Michael Magieri Egg-citable 61 154.1 11 90.5 12 23 12
14 Clive Davis SchwarzenEGGer# 62 1031.8 1 371.7 1 2 1
15 Chan Stevens Shake Your Tail Feathers*# 59 167.8 10 97.8 11 21 10
16 Bill Krosney Eggscalibur# 59 64.6 16 62.2 16 32 16
17 Nathan Schoenkin Rocket in Pocket# 60 242.8 7 118.6 7 14 6
* 2-Stage Rockets
# Cluster Rockets

The Scramble Race: your rocket will compete in an all-rocket Scramble drag race with an egg and your choice of motor combination. All will fly at once in three races with your selected launch rod angle. The flight must have an egg-safe landing within the field. Placement will be based on 1) Fastest to clear launch rail (sec) with 48" rod; 2) Longest time to landing (sec), and 3) Lowest Range (closest to pad in feet).

EMRR Comments:The Scramble Race has started. This is the first round, with the wind fixed at 4mph. The Sub-Total here will be added to the next two rounds to come up with a total points for the three rounds. Those will then be ranked to come up with the event points to be added to the other three events.

  Rocketeer Rocket Name Egg Time
Off
Rod
RNK Time
to
Land
RNK Closest
to
Pad
RNK DQ S
U
B
-
T
O
T
1 Steve Naquin Eggo 58             Landing (Speed) 3
2 Douglas Gardei Eggsterdam*# 57 0.169 10 146.254 16 1405.873 7   33
3 Bob Cox Omelette Of Zeus 60 0.101 15 128.714 15 225.649 14   44
4 Jim Myers Yolkum# 59             Landing (Speed) 3
5 Frank Ross E.G.G.-3# 59             Landing (Speed) 3
6 Morgan Lee Mr. Eagen 61 0.159 12 58.214 9 19.102 17   38
7 Bruce Levison Eggbeater 60 0.114 14 114.019 13 31.691 16   43
8 Claude Paquin Iron Chef# 60 0.091 16 116.520 14 64.111 15   45
9 Joe Policy Eggsterminator# 63             Lost (Range) 3
10 Drake Damerau Eggs-ample# 58 0.185 8 35.984 7 381.918 12   27
11 Dick Stafford Scrambler 63             Landing (Speed) 3
12 Ron Meyers Eggnaut* 57 0.314 7 112.790 12 540.128 10   29
13 Michael Magieri Egg-citable 61 0.166 11 87.441 11 756.999 8   30
14 Clive Davis SchwarzenEGGer# 62             Lost (Range) 3
15 Chan Stevens Shake Your Tail Feathers*# 59 0.183 9 43.117 8 330.696 13   30
16 Bill Krosney Eggscalibur# 59 0.075 17 154.800 17 387.640 11   45
17 Nathan Schoenkin Rocket in Pocket# 60 0.143 13 64.351 10 625.986 9   32

EMRR Comments:This is the second round, with the wind fixed at 8mph. Here is where you really start to see rockets getting lost and damage to eggs (>13 f/s vertical). The rockets that are not getting DQ'd are the ones that are heavily angled "into" the wind, and/or reduced their motor sizes to avoid the higher altitudes.

  Rocketeer Rocket Name Egg Time
Off
Rod
RNK Time
to
Land
RNK Closest
to
Pad
RNK DQ S
U
B
-
T
O
T
1 Steve Naquin Eggo 58 0.214 10 79.519 12 1443.482 12   34
2 Douglas Gardei Eggsterdam 57             Lost (Range) 3
3 Bob Cox Omelette Of Zeus 60             Landing (Speed) 3
4 Jim Myers Yolkum 59 0.094 16 164.744 17 2225.119 9   42
5 Frank Ross E.G.G.-3 59             Lost (Range) 3
6 Morgan Lee Mr. Eagen 61 0.159 13 40.252 10 153.362 17   40
7 Bruce Levison Eggbeater 60 0.114 15 109.230 14 1056.511 15   44
8 Claude Paquin Iron Chef 60 0.091 17 112.941 15 1086.948 14   46
9 Joe Policy Eggsterminator 63             Lost (Range) 3
10 Drake Damerau Eggs-ample 58 0.186 11 35.826 9 793.921 16   36
11 Dick Stafford Scrabler 63             Landing (Speed) 3
12 Ron Meyers Eggnaut 57 0.314 9 132.656 16 2042.75 10   35
13 Michael Magieri Egg-citable 61 0.166 12 69.805 11 1280.005 13   36
14 Clive Davis SchwarzenEGGer 62             Lost (Range) 3
15 Chan Stevens Shake Your Tail Feathers 59             Landing (Speed) 3
16 Bill Krosney Eggscalibur 59             Landing (Speed) 3
17 Nathan Schoenkin Rocket in Pocket 60 0.143 14 89.959 13 1866.104 11   38

EMRR Comments:This is the third round, with the wind fixed at 12mph. Really threw most rockets right out of the field. Two of the rockets that did not DQ used low power motors so that they didn't go too high. The third, must have caught a good thermal.

  Rocketeer Rocket Name Egg Time
Off
Rod
RNK Time
to
Land
RNK Closest
to
Pad
RNK DQ S
U
B
-
T
O
T
1 Steve Naquin Eggo 58 0.214 15 72.21 16 1998.126 16   47
2 Douglas Gardei Eggsterdam*# 57             Lost (Range) 3
3 Bob Cox Omelette Of Zeus 60 0.103 17 118.629 17 2610.789 15   49
4 Jim Myers Yolkum# 59             Lost (Range) 3
5 Frank Ross E.G.G.-3# 59             Lost (Range) 3
6 Morgan Lee Mr. Eagen 61             Landing (Speed) 3
7 Bruce Levison Eggbeater 60             Landing (Speed) 3
8 Claude Paquin Iron Chef# 60             Landing (Speed) 3
9 Joe Policy Eggsterminator# 63             Lost (Range) 3
10 Drake Damerau Eggs-ample# 58 0.186 16 32.204 15 1083.330 17   48
11 Dick Stafford Scrambler 63             Lost (Range) 3
12 Ron Meyers Eggnaut* 57             Lost (Range) 3
13 Michael Magieri Egg-citable 61             Lost (Range) 3
14 Clive Davis SchwarzenEGGer# 62             Lost (Range) 3
15 Chan Stevens Shake Your Tail Feathers*# 59             Landing (Speed) 3
16 Bill Krosney Eggscalibur# 59             Landing (Speed) 3
17 Nathan Schoenkin Rocket in Pocket# 60             Lost (Range) 3

EMRR Comments:Well, so ends a third contest. By far the most difficult contest as well! I loved the designs. I loved some of the new challenges this contest created. And I'd love to hear back from all as to your feelings.... what worked, what didn't, etc.

  Rocketeer Rocket Name Egg Event #1 Pts Event #2 Pts Event #3 Pts Pre-
Standing
Place
Drag Total Drag Pts Total Pts Overall Place
1 Steve Naquin Eggo 58 2 3 6 15 84 13 24 14
2 Douglas Gardei Eggsterdam*# 57 15 14 5 5 39 6 40 8
3 Bob Cox Omelette Of Zeus 60 7 16 17 2 96 16 56 1
4 Jim Myers Yolkum# 59 17 5 15 3 48 7 44 6
5 Frank Ross E.G.G.-3# 59 4 12 9 11 9 1 26 12
6 Morgan Lee Mr. Eagen 61 8 10 8 10 81 12 38 9
7 Bruce Levison Eggbeater 60 10 8 11 8 90 14 43 7
8 Claude Paquin Iron Chef# 60 3 13 14 7 94 15 45 5
9 Joe Policy Eggsterminator# 63 14 7 3 12 9 1 25 13
10 Drake Damerau Eggs-ample# 58 12 9 13 5 111 17 51 2
11 Dick Stafford Scrambler 63 6 1 3 16 9 1 11 17
12 Ron Meyers Eggnaut* 57 5 15 2 13 67 9 31 11
13 Michael Magieri Egg-citable 61 13 11 12 4 69 10 46 4
14 Clive Davis SchwarzenEGGer# 62 11 6 1 14 9 1 19 16
15 Chan Stevens Shake Your Tail Feathers*# 59 16 17 10 1 36 5 48 3
16 Bill Krosney Eggscalibur# 59 9 4 16 8 51 8 37 10
17 Nathan Schoenkin Rocket in Pocket# 60 1 2 6 17 73 11 20 15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Naquin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gardei
 
Cox
 
 
 
 
 
 
Myers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ross
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lee
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Levison
 
 
 
 
 
Paquin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Policy
 
 
Damerau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stafford
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meyers
 
 
 
 
Magieri
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Davis
 
 
 
Stevens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Krosney
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Schoenkin
14 7 1 4 12 9 6 4 13 2 17 11 7 16 3 9 15

QA

  • How does this Bonus thing work?
    • The 1% bonus improves your virtual flights by 1%. For example if you fly to 1540 feet, you will be recorded at 1555 feet. Yes, not much, but we suspect some very close competition and it is geared toward a "virtual" rocket contest, but we wanted to award some that actually built the rocket.
  • If we submit a design and it doesn't qualify for some reason, are we allowed to rework the design and resubmit or even submit a new design?
    • Yes, either, both...we will review them and let you know.
  • How are Contest Points scored?
    • Each of the first 3 events have a "placement score" described. That placement score will then be reversed ranked by the total number of entries. This will give the maximum number of points to the winner in the event. For example, if there are (4) entries and in contest #3 (minimum altitude) and entry #1 gets 800 feet, #2 810 feet, #3 750 feet and #4 950 feet. Then the scores will be 4 points for #3, 3 points for #1, 2 points for #2 and 1 point for #4.
  • You say materials must be those listed in RockSim ... can I build/design any part using those materials?
    • Yes, you may, except the body tubes which must come from the database. Other parts: this does not imply that you have to take the part from the database.
  • For the competition conditions the Model loss: at 25% seems rather high. . .
    • Launch site diameter:- This is the diameter of the launch site. Any rockets landing within this circle are not considered lost.<BR>Max. model drift range: - This specifies the maximum drift range beyond the outside of the Launch site diameter. Any rockets that drift beyond this range are considered lost.
      Model loss- This is the percent chance of a model falling outside the Launch site diameter being lost.

      So the field size is 4000 feet, with an extra 1000 feet drift range. In that 1000 feet drift range there is a 25% change of losing the rocket. Outside of that 1000 foot drift range, in others words outside of 5000 feet, the rocket is considered lost. So going for very, very high is one thing, but ensuring your rocket comes back is more important.
    • NOTE: If you have 7.00 - 7.01 this feature has a bug in it. So don't get frustrated with the results. Apogee will have this corrected soon (before the competition flying). You should work hard to keep it within the range of the field.
  • You also have an ignition delay specified but do not include igniter variability for Drag Races, why did you do that?
    • It is a default, but unless the igniter box is checked the delay time is not activated.
  • Aren't the RockSim 5 and 6 users going to be upset about not being able to use the RockSim 7 variations?
    • The point here is that everyone can compete. Their submissions will be converted to RS 7 for the competitions. They will miss out on some testing and the asymmetrical fin capability, but like in life, some compete with better training facilities than others... doesn't mean better facilities make for winners.
  • For MEgga Altitude, the unknowns are difficult for the design. Can we get clarification?
    • If you concentrate on Contests 1, 3 and 4, EMRR will ensure success on Contest 2. We may even need to create motors to give everyone the same motor impulse and we won't have any DQ's. The objective of this contest has been to neutralize specifics of the design as much as possible to test the design out.
  • I've downloaded the virtual3.eng file. How do I get RockSim to ONLY use those motors and ignore the other motors or other .eng files?
    • Put the ENG file in the DATA directory for RockSIM
    • Run Compile Engine program
    • Select only virtual3.eng and ---> move it over
    • Click Compile
    • Start RockSIM
  • NO CP or Mass overrides. But... are the CP and mass overrides present for database objects OK? i.e. I select an Estes NC, or eye-hook that has entered a CP and mass override, is that OK?
    • Yes, Database CP's okay.
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