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GARLO 2015

Happy Landings

The Great Annual Rocket Launch of 2015

The 26th Annual Launch-and-Lunch

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015
Dodds Park
north and west of the intersection of Bradley and Mattis, in Champaign, IL

Print out a GARLO 2014 Flier (PDF - 523 KB) and pass it along to your friends.

Contest Rules for GARLO 2014

Best Scale Model Rocket

This is our theme event Upscale, Downscale. The judging for this is pretty wide open, but the idea is to impress the judges with a model that is a larger, or smaller, replica of a well-known model rocket, fantasy spacecraft or real space vehicle. Every entry must make a safe, stable, successful flight, and you need to indicate that you're entering the event on the flight sheet you hand in before launch. We'll be looking at how accurately the model reflects the lines of the original it imitates, workmanship and finish, and the impressiveness and stability of the resulting flight. "Mission points" can be awarded for things like staging, clustering, parts that separate, payloads, gliders, radio control, etc. that add to the complexity and awesomeness of the in-flight display. Extreme scale factors (like a 10-foot-long Mosquito or a 3" Saturn V) might also win you extra admiration. Note that almost any traditional "scale" model could qualify for this event, as well as larger or smaller reproductions of classic model rockets. Mostly it's a subjective, just-for-fun event and the results are at the sole discretion of the judges! Depending on the number of entries and their quality, we might award separate prizes in the "upscale" and "downscale" categories.

Precision Landing

This is a variation on the usual spot landing event. All rockets in this event must carry an electronic altimeter. The landing point will be measured from a spot on the ground directly under the launch rod or rail where the rocket took off, to the tip of the nose cone of the rocket where it comes to rest. We'll divide the landing distance by the altitude recorded to get drift as a fraction of the altitude. (It doesn't matter whether you measure in feet, meters or parsecs, as long as the units of altitude and distance are the same.) The score closest to zero wins. Every rocket must make a safe flight and properly deploy an active recovery system (parachute, streamer, glider, helicopter, etc.) -- no "featherweight," "saucer" or "birdie" type models allowed. Sorry, but you're out of luck if the altimeter doesn't record the altitude. You'll need to get a judge to measure your distance and record the altitude BEFORE you pick up the rocket off the ground. The judges can refuse to measure rockets that land more than 100 meters from the launcher, on rooftops, in trees or in other difficult or dangerous to access areas. Any actively controlled models (R/C gliders, onboard GPS seekers, etc.) will be judged in a separate category.

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