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The American Rocketry Challenge

We're proud to have been selected as an Officially Recommended Vendor for the The American Rocketry Challenge since the first year of the competition!
The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is a national rocket contest for high school and middle school age students (grades 6 through 12) in the United States. Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), The American Rocketry Challenge is is open to teams from schools, scout groups, 4-H, Civil Air Patrol, and more (including homeschoolers).
Originally planned as a one-time event (to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of flight), the event has been such a success that it is now going into its third decade! The American Rocketry Challenge is the world's largest student rocket contest is the only aerospace-specific national STEM competition. Hundreds of schools and other organizations and over 85,000 students have participated in the past events!
This is a truly great event, and we would like to encourage you to participate. You can sign up for news & updates on the website.
If you are a student or an educator, register a team (or teams) from your school or eligible group. If you are a senior NAR member, be sure to sign up to serve as a mentor for the program (and if you aren't a member, join now!).
Like previous years, the upcoming event is a combination of Altitude and Precision Duration.

Here are a few highlights of the the 2023 event rules:

  • Rockets must contain and completely enclose a single raw hen's eggs and must return it after the flight without any cracks or other external damage.
  • The rocket must must separate and recover in two non-connected sections, each with it's own parachute
  • All portions of the rocket must remain connected from launch until landing.
  • Rockets cannot exceed 650 grams at liftoff and overall length must be at least 650mm/25.6".
  • The flight duration goal to qualify is a range of 42 to 45 seconds and the altitude goal is 850'. These goals will change at the Finals.
  • Rockets must be single stage only and powered by commercially-made model rocket engines of “F” or lower power class.
  • Engine(s) must be retained in the rocket by a positive mechanical means (such as hooks, screw-on retainers, etc.).
  • At the finals, there will be no launch rods permitted, only rails.

You can read the complete rules by clicking here. Registration is now open (it pays to start early) and closes on December 1, 2022!

For more details on the event, go to the TARC web site!

We carry lots of components, parachutes, engines and other supplies that a TARC team may need to build and fly their models!
"Aerospace Speciality Products was highly instrumental in my TARC team's success this year. All orders were fulfilled with expertise and speed, and Andy went above and beyond to ensure that we had precisely the right rocketry components. I say wholeheartedly that Aerospace Speciality Products is second to none in customer service. Trust all of your rocketry needs to Andy whether you are a hobbyist or going after the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Great company!"
Greg Severino
Soaring Six Coach (Our Lady of Calvary School, Philadelphia, PA, 6th Place at TARC Finals 2017)

"This is my second testimonial for a company that continues with its consistent, superb service and model rocketry expertise. For three years, Aerospace Speciality Products has fulfilled the needs of my high school rocketry program with an unrivaled commitment to excellence. Andy always ensures that I have every product that my students need for their TARC rockets, works unreservedly with my school administration on purchase orders, and always communicates every aspect of our procurement process with clarity and accuracy. If you are just getting started with model rocketry, or if you are an educator who wants to bring the wonder of this awesome hobby to your students, always go with Aerospace Speciality Products. Thank you, Andy!"
Gregory Severino
Naz Rocketry Program Director
Nazareth Academy High School for Girls

Registered TARC Teams get a 10% discount on merchandise!*

Simply provide us with your TARC team number (if ordering online just note it in the "Special Requests" section as you checkout) and we'll take care of the discount! You must note your team number and request the discount each time you order items for your TARC team. You cannot combine this discount with any other discount code or offer. *Discount applies to all items except the TARC special items listed below and also does not apply to any Jolly Logic brand products. The discount will be honored for teams registered for the current years event from registration date until the last day of qualification flights. If your team has qualified for the finals you will also be eligible for the discount until the date of the finals.
TARC Special Items

We were asked to design a kit that would give teams new, or relatively new, to rocketry a good introduction to building a model rocket. The Sky-Ferry is a great kit to learn basic rocketry modeling. It features balsa fins and nose cone, payload section (big enough your altimeter), quick change engine hook and bright parachute recovery. Designed to fly primarily on 24 mm engines. Please note that this is not an egglofting kit, but a kit designed to help novice modelers learn the very basics of building a model rocket.
Perfect for school or scout groups - bulk packaging available. For the discounted quantities of 6 or more the kits are provided in bulk form with a single set of instructions (which may be photocopied if desired for each modeler).

For TARC teams this kit is only $21.50 (regularly $24.95), and for any bulk pack orders of 6 or more it's only $15.95 per kit!

If you need basic launch equipment as well to fly this model, we're also offering a discounted price on a launch pad with 1/8" launch rod and electronic launch system combo. You can see the combo by clicking here. Regularly $34.99, TARC teams can order these for $30.99.

To get these special prices, you must note your TARC team number and TARC SPECIAL ITEMS in the "Special Requests" section as you checkout and we'll adjust the pricing after you complete your order. Shipping and handling charges are in addition to the special prices. No additional discounts, coupons, etc. apply to these special prices. You must be a registered TARC team to get these special prices! The discount will be honored for teams registered for the current years event from registration date until the last day of qualification flights. If your team has qualified for the finals you will also be eligible for the discount until the date of the finals.


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