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2005 EMRR Challenge
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Lift-off Essence's Model Rocketry Reviews is pleased to announce our first-ever Rocketry Challenge:
2005 EMRR Challenge.

The purpose of this challenge is to give our guests some milestones throughout the year while supporting EMRR.

We believe that this challenge will not only help the participants to have fun in our hobby, but will also provide them with some learning experiences. We also believe that by sharing those experiences through the pages of EMRR, that others will benefit as well.

The challenge runs from 1/1/05 - 12/15/05. Drawing to take place on 12/16/05.

Challenge Awards:

Damerau, Drake

For each participant that scores 31 points or more will be entered to win the grand prize. (A $300 Shopping Spree at Discount Rocketry)

For each additional 4 points over 31 each participant will gain an addition entry.

The maximum points available is 39, therefore, the maximum entries for the grand prize is 3.

Kerbel, Geoffrey

For each participant that scores 27 points or more will be entered to win the runner-up prize. (A $150 Shopping Spree at Semroc Rocketry)

Mangieri, Michael

For each participant that scores 23 points or more will be entered to win the second runner-up prize. (Cosmodrome Black Brant II)


All participants with at least 18 points will receive the next version of "EMRR on CD" (Dec 2005)

Alligood, Lance
Carr, Steve
Damerau, Drake
Davis, Clive
Eichelberger, Bill
Harrington, Bob
Kerbel, Geoffrey
Lane, Jeff
Mangieri, Michael
Pemberton, Layne
Policy, Joe
Stevens, Chan


Challenge Description Max
10   Join the EMRR Announcement eList - Mandatory 1
9   Build, Finish, Fly* and Review any rocket on EMRR's Hit List 5
8   Build, Finish, Fly* and Review any (3) similar rockets (or products) and then submit a Comparison Article. 8
7   Scale Up / Scale Down any Available or OOP Rocket. Build, Finish, Fly* and write an article that would allow someone else to do the same. (guidelines) 5
6   Build and Fly* any "free" paper rocket. Submit (1) Static and (1) Liftoff picture (attempt, at least on the field).Bonus
- OR -
Build, Finish, Fly* your own unique design "paper rocket" and write an article that would allow someone else to do the same. (guidelines)
- OR -
5   Design your own scratch rocket and use at least two tips from the EMRR Tips Library. Build, Finish, Fly* and write an article that would allow someone else to do the same. (guidelines) The two tips need to be specifically mentioned. 5
4   Utilize the EMRR Flight Logs database to record all your 2005 flights**. 3
3   Participate in at least one EMRR Contest during 2005. 1
2   Submit a Rocket Related Story under any of the categories available
- OR -
Submit a Featured Story of at least 2000 words and at least some pictures. This can be sent in text, MS Word, or other format instead of the standard story submission form.
- OR -
1   Promote EMRR in some tangible way (see Q/A for examples). Must include link to Home Page ( for written/online items. Must ensure we are aware of it. 1



  • Items do not need to be performed in any order
  • * Fly = Each rocket must be flown 3 times, unless destroyed or lost. The challenge rocket flights are the ones, at minimum, that need to be recorded in the EMRR Flight Logs database
  • ** Flight Logs. EMRR can't verify that ALL of the participant's 2005 flights are recorded, however, all the flights necessary for the challenge can be. In the spirit of the challenge, participants should endeavor to enter all of their flight logs for 2005.
  • Rockets for 7, 6b and 5: These rockets can be a submission to any other design contests that is taking place during 2005, e.g. BRS on EMRR, FlisKits DOM, RMR Descon, etc.

Participant Status

Want to participate? Let me know. Submit

We will track individual's status here:
(clicking on bars will take you to the entries)

WARNING: Points for reviews/articles are listed even if they have less than (3) flights, it is expected that they will have (3) flights prior to the end of the challenge or lose the points.

2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1  
Alexander, Jake  
Alligood, Lance 31
Applewhite, Art  
Austerberry, Dave  
Becker , George  
Berg , Jim  
Brandon III , John  
Canino, Bruce  
Carr, Steve 31
Chartres, Rick  
Coffin, Chris  
Cox, Bob  
Damerau, Drake 39
Davis, Clive 39
Davis, Robert  
Eichelberger, Bill 39
Fergus, Dave  
Grippo, Andrew  
Guidry, Chris  
Handley, Phil  
Harrington, Bob  
Hopkin, Mark  
Isaacs, Greg  
Kerbel, Geoffrey 31
Lane, Jeff 39
Lappalainen, Roy  
Lenentine, Jason  
Levanda, Philip  
Maglio, Eric  
Mangieri, Michael 31
McFarland, Matthew  
Miller, Harvey  
Palmer, Mark  
Pemberton, Layne 34
Pickett, Eldred  
Poehlein, Greg  
Policy, Joe 39
Ramberg, Steve  
Redmond, Kendall  
Ross, Frank  
Rupp , Jim  
Salter, Mike  
Sindel, David  
Stanley, Aaron  
Stevens, Chan 39
Thro, John  
Turits, Andy  
Turnbull, Scott  
Tuskes, Alan  
Wagoner, Ed  
Wheeler, Ferrell  
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1  


  • If we are already on the Announcement eList, do we need to re-register?
    • No. Just let me know your Announcement eList address.
  • Ref:6 - When you say "unique design", can it be a rescale of another rocket?
    • Yes. Primarily looking for a "paper rocket" like many of the "free online" ones, but not one of the "free online" ones.
  • If I have a rocket that I built and flew last year but never reviewed, is it still eligible or does it have to be built and flown this year?
    • EMRR can not confirm when people build the rocket. We can only tell when things are submitted to EMRR. The spirit of the competition was that all activities of the challenge would be in 2005. That being said, I have already received two reviews from competitors and seeing how it is 1/4, not likely they were built in 2005.
  • Challenge 6 is 1 point -or- 5 points depending on whether you just build a free paper rocket or design one. If I build and fly one for 1 point, can I design and build one later in the year and get the 5 points instead?
    • Yes. Now you are seeing some of the strategy! (note: it is either 1 pt or 5 pts, not 6 pts)
  • I've replied to your thread about the EMRR 2005 Challenge. Is this adequate mention of EMRR on TRF, or should I try to mention EMRR somewhere else?
    • If you were me, how would you respond? Here are some ideas:
      • Your Webpage
      • Your Club’s Webpage
      • Your Club’s Newsletter (send me a scan or eCopy)
      • Your Hobby Store’s Webpage
      • Mention in article, authored by you, for Apogee’s Newsletter
      • Mention in article, authored by you, for Sport Rocketry
      • Mention in article, authored by you, for Extreme Rocketry
      • Picture of yourself at a launch in EMRR-ware (purchased req’d – sorry)
      • Picture of your rocket at a launch with EMRR sticker on it
      • TRF Threads that indicate some benefit or specific article, tip, etc
      • RFR Threads that indicate some benefit or specific article, tip, etc
      • Provide Prizes for EMRR Contests (not anonymously)
    • pro-mote (pruh moht') v.t. <-mot-ed, -mot-ing>
      • 1. to help or encourage to exist or flourish; further: to promote world peace.
      • 2. to advance in rank, dignity, position, etc.
  • Does the submitter have to do full reviews of each of the rockets being compared? Is it okay to link to existing reviews done by other people, at least for some of the rockets?
    • Yes then No. I'm saying that for an "accurate" comparison, you would need to write reviews on all the rockets compared.
  • I was also wondering what happens if you purchase a rocket to review that is on the hit list but after you get started someone else posts a review before you do? Will it still count?
    • Yes
  • Why haven't you updated my score with the Story or Review I just submitted?
    • Updates to scores will occur when I post the submissions to the site and I can link to them. But, please, reminders are not frowned upon if after a site update you don't see your score updated!
  • You say "Review" in 8 and 9 and you say "article" in 5, 6, and 7. Is there a difference between a review and an article? If so, which submission form should be used for an article?
    • Reviews are something with EMRR ratings (Kits, Plans and sometimes OOP); Articles are everything else without EMRR ratings (MODS, Scratch, and sometimes OOP)
  • For designing your own paper rocket: does it have to be made of solely cardstock or can it use foamboard and other paper-esque materials?
    • Paper, Cardstock, Cardboard, or Foamboard are allowed. No pre-formed tubes or paper products.

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