You are nearing a Black Hole and about to be sucked into its gravitational field. There’s a growing urgency to escape but you realise that you are nearly out of fuel and only left with water. Your only option hence is to make the most of it. Create a fully functional rocket with runs only on water and pressure. Use an ordinary water bottle and make an extraordinary water rocket!
Design and Build a water rocket which can be launched at any angle with respect to the horizontal. The teams will be participating in two rounds and the winners will be decided on the basis of rules given below.
- Only plastic soft drink bottles are to be used for the rocket body.
- The nose cone and fins should not be made of metal or any sharp surface. The rocket should be launched using a string from a safe distance, not with the help of hands. If a team fails to meet this requirement it will be disqualified from the event.
- The water rocket must use compressed ambient atmospheric air only as its source of energy. Only tap water shall be used in the rocket, and the water shall be provided by the organizers. Water brought by the team shall not be allowed in the rockets.
- The amount of water to be filled in the rocket body is left to the choice of the team.
- The pressure inside the container (rocket body) before launch should not exceed 70 psi.
- Launchers and pressure compressors will NOT be provided by the organizers.
- The launcher to be constructed by the team should be fitted with an air compression device or pump for pressurizing the contents of the rocket body. A pressure-gauge having a minimum range of 0-100 psi to display the pressure of air in the water-rocket has to be attached to it too.
- Rocket must be launched from a stationary position on a fixed launcher. (Slingshots, trebuchets, catapults, cannons, and all other forms of launcher-boost assists are forbidden). In other words, the internal pressure of the rocket must be the only source of energy for the rocket.
- The rocket may or may not split into two or more parts only during the flight, in such cases the range of the farthest part will be considered.
- The teams may bring as many rockets as they wish but it should comply with the rules given above.
- The decision of Team NSSC will be final.
- Team Size: A team for Lift-off can have a maximum of 4 members. However, they need not be from the same college/university/institution.
- The rocket must have a variable launching angle capability.
- Burst Testing: All rockets will be tested to a pressure of 70 psi before they can be allowed to enter the competition. Teams are therefore advised to test their rockets to a pressure of 70 psi beforehand and also bring substitute rockets with them.
- If a team's rocket fails the Burst Test, ONLY ONE extra rocket shall be allowed to be burst tested. If that rocket fails the burst test too, then no points will be awarded to the team.
- Once a rocket passes the burst test, it shall be allowed only one attempt for launch.
- Participants are allowed to use multistage water rocket.
- In case of multistage water rocket maximum of 2 litres water is allowed inside the rocket.
- The rules are subject to change.
- Team NSSC reserves the right to replace the launchers of the participants in case any malfunction is suspected. However, no penalty will be imposed upon the respective team unless foul play is suspected.
- In case of disputes, the decision of team NSSC is final and binding.
- The participants have to launch the rocket from the launching point and the rocket should land in the launch arena.
- The launch arena will be a sector of circle with sector angle 45° and the launch will take place from the centre of the circle.
- The range of flight is the distance between the point of launch and the point of first impact with the ground after launch.
- In case of multi-stage water rocket range of flight will be calculated as the distance between the point of launch and impact of 2 nd rocket with the ground.
- Participants are scored primarily on the basis of their range of their flight.Greater the range, greater will be the points earned.
- Rocket going out of the sector of an angle 45 degrees will not be awarded any points.
- Rocket landing inside a sector of angle 15 degrees will be given additional points corresponding to the distance of 25 meters.
- No additional points will be awarded if the rocket lands on the border of inner 15 degree sector.
- Top 16 teams of round 1 will advance to round 2.
- The problem statement of round 2 of lift off will be disclosed on the day of the event.
- Top 3 teams will be awarded by Certificate of Excellence for the event.
- Prize money worth 20,000 INR will be distributed to the winning teams.
- The winning team has to complete the task, if they fail to complete the task then they will not be eligible for the certificate.
- If all the participating teams fail to solve the problem statement then, only appreciation certificate(s) will be distributed to the teams demonstrating excellent performance.
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