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2010/2011 Design This Spaceship Contest

The final scores have been tabulated and the first three entries listed below are the winners of the design contest. The first three entries are in order by score with the highest-scoring entry listed first. The rest of the entries are shown in random order. Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.


Jim Bassham's The Blue Camero

This is my entry for the 2010 design this spaceship competition. It is a plane-like rocket with a 24mm motor mount and utilizes rear-ejection for parachute deployment.

In looking over last year’s “Design this Spaceship” pictures I was really at a loss for what could possibly fly.  I chose the blue plane-like design ( #4), because it seemed to be a shape that might fly with enough nose weight.  But I had my doubts.

View the build thread for Jim Bassham's The Blue Camero.


Ray King's Little Red Speedo

This is my submission for the EMRR Spaceship Design Competition as well as the EMRR Challenge #4. The rocket is designed to use an 18mm engine and 18” parachute recovery.  OK – the name – My Little Red Speedo – Hey the rocket is red, it is small, it is fast, what better name to create a little attention. 

View the build thread for Ray King's Little Red Speedo.


Howard Smart's Kenny's Trimaran

This is a very interesting rocket built from a 3D model as part of the Design This Spaceship contest. The rocket has a large nose cone, narrow waist section, and three outboard pods that look like jet intakes.

View the build thread for Howard Smart's Kenny's Trimaran.


Tucker Lund's The Red Corkscrew

The Red Corkscrew is my entry in the Spaceship Design Contest.

View the build thread for Tucker Lund's The Red Corkscrew.


Ray King's The Blue Hawk

This is my second submission for the EMRR Spaceship Design Competition. The rocket is designed to use an 24mm engine, rear engine ejection and 18” parachute recovery.  The name Blue Hawk was chosen by my family a dinner one night – kids said it looks like a hawk and well the blue is pretty obvious.

View the build thread for Ray King's The Blue Hawk.


Dale Marshall's Red Spike

When looking over the design possibilities for this contest, I was intrigued by all of them, but the only one I felt comfortable building at my current skill level was the red & white one with the huge nosecone.  My first attempt at this build (Mini Red Spike) failed miserably when the rocket arced off of the pad and into the ground where it smashed itself to bits before the ejection charge finished the job.

View the build thread for Dale Marshall's Red Spike.


Peter Stanley's Velvet Ant

This is my entry for the Design This Spaceship Contest.  The dry weight is just over 2 lbs, and it is 27.5" tall. It has a 2.6" center tube which runs from the bottom up to the base of the nose cone. I flew it three times in June 2011 at Orangeburg SC. Each flight was powered with a G motor, twice on a G76 and once on a G64. I lost the nose cone on the last flight, and not sure if I'll replace it. It flew beautifully though. I named it Velvet Ant because I think it resembles one if you look at it backwards.

View the build thread for Peter Stanley's Velvet Ant.




DESIGN THIS SPACESHIP CONTEST

This year, we were inspired by the art work found while searching the Internet for new designs. We hope you really challenge yourself this year and submit multiple entries!

LogoARA Press has graciously offered to be the primary sponsor of the 2010 Design This Spaceship contest. We have love their publicatons and within them there are also wonderful Spaceships ("Spaceship Handbook") and Saucers ("Saucer Fleet") that can be inspiration for future builds.

Spaceship Handbook Saucer Fleet

This contest also serves as a bonus item for the 2010 RocketReviews.com Challenge, but it is not necessary to participate in the Challenge to participate in this contest.

Below you will find six (6) Spaceship pictures that we found reading the above mentioned books and through other Internet searches. Let's see what you can do.

The contest is very straight-forward:

1) Design a flyable rocket that, as closely as possible, replicates one of the designs in the six pictures

2) Write up a Build article, with pictures and templates, to allow others to be able to build one

4) Name YOUR Spaceship

Stop Kenny Mitchell, the owner/operator of www.kennyscrap.com website, tells us that he is flattered that we asked to use his images. He offered to help you to do your very best in translating the designs into flying versions. To that end, he has posted additional pictures of the designs HERE. THANKS, KENNY! (Come back to flying rockets!)
Picture Difficulty
Bonus
Minimum
Requirements
Spaceships
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R = 1.0
F = 1.0
W = 1.0
PICK ONE
18mm Motor (minimum)
Spaceship
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R = 1.2
F = 1.1
W = 1.2
18mm Motor (minimum)
Spaceship
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R = 1.2
F = 1.2
W = 1.2
2x 18mm Motor (minimum)
Spaceship
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R = 1.1
F = 1.3
W = 1.1
24mm Motor (minimum)
(Rear-Ejection Required)
Flight Weight reverts to 1.2 if rear-ejection is not used
Spaceship
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R = 1.2
F = 1.3
W = 1.2
2x 24mm Motor (minimum)
Flight Weight reverts 1.2 if only a single central motor
Spaceship
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R = 1.1
F = 1.4
W = 1.2
Glide Recovery (minimum)
Flight Weight reverts 1.1 if not a Glider

BONUS: In harmony with our 2010 RocketReviews.com Challenge, get an extra 5 points if you submit two or more entries and 15 points if you submit four or more entries.

FINE PRINT:

  • If the rocket requires clear fins to be stable, the flight score reverts to 1.0 for single motor and 1.1 for clusters
  • Rockets can not be plastic (or any other) model conversions.

Scoring will be determined using the following:

  • 50% = (R)eplication Score * Weight
    • Online Voting will determine total points by normalizing the maximum point earner to a score of 100
    • For Example:
      • 100 Voters selecting top 3 equals 600 total points (300 for 1st, 200 for 2nds, and 100 for 3rd)
      • The highest score will be normalized to 100 and a multiplier will be determined.
      • So if the highest score is 90, then 100/90 = 1.11 which will then be the multiplier. If you gained 76 vote points, then your score will be 76 * 1.11 = 84.36
  • 15% = (F)light Score * Weight
    • 1 Successful Flight =25 points
    • 2 Successful Flights =50 points
    • 3 Successful Flights =75 points
    • 3 Successful Flights with at least 1 different motor/configuration = 100 points
    • A lot of trust here, so please take photos, movies, etc.
  • 25% = (W)rite Up Score * Weight
    • Online Voting will determine total points by normalizing the maximum point earner to a score of 100
    • For Example:
      • 100 Voters selecting top 3 equals 600 total points (300 for 1st, 200 for 2nds, and 100 for 3rd)
      • The highest score will be normalized to 100 and a multiplier will be determined.
      • So if the highest score is 90, then 100/90 = 1.11 which will then be the multiplier. If you gained 76 vote points, then your score will be 76 * 1.11 = 84.36
  • 10% = Best in Group Percentage
    • Online Voting will determine total place
    • The Percentage of total Rockets in Group will equal your score
    • For Example:
      • 5 Rockets in Group and yours places 2nd = 80
      • 5 Rockets in Group and yours places 1st = 100
      • 1 Rocket in Group and yours is it = 100

Winners will be judged by RocketReviews.com Guests during a voting period after the December 1st deadline.

  • Each entrant may enter (1) entry of each rocket photo (Maximum of 4 entries allowed)
  • Each entry must include at least (1) Static and (1) Flight photo, however, to allow others to be able to build the rocket from your article, more pictures, templates, and drawings are encouraged.
  • The winner will have first choice from the pool of prizes available for the contest, the runner up getting second pick, etc.
    • Each entrant may only win one prize based on the highest placement of the entrant's one - four entries.
    • If there are more than enough prizes, then prize selection will begin again with the highest placing second entry per entrant

    PRIZE TABLE:
    (Even if you can't play or win, thank these sponsors by supporting them!)

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    PRIZE SELECTION: The normal prize selection procedure for RocketReviews.com is that at the end of the contest winners will get an e-mail asking them to acknowledge by reply within a week. Prize selection is done through this e-mail exchange.

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    ARA Press

    The top 3 winners will receive a book of their choice from these and any new ones releasing this year:

    Spaceship Handbook Saucer Fleet
    [Picture]
    Art Applewhite Rockets
    UFO Picture Any Style of Flying Saucer kit of your choice of design up to a 29mm motor mount.
    Sirius Rocketry
    Sirius Rocketry
    Cestris
    The S.S. Cestris Interplanetary Transport Vehicle carries the idea of intermodal transport one step further - into outer space!
    Fliskits Logo
    Fliskits
    Fliskits Decim8 The most sinister battle ship ever to hit the skies! The Decim8 features 11 fins, 6 cut body tubes, 6 guns, water slide decals and the most sophisticated engine mount ever used in a model rocket kit!
    SpaceCad Logo
    SpaceCAD
    SpaceCAD
    (1) SpaceCAD Registration License (SCEMRR-9845)
    Guest
    Al Nonymous
    SR-71
    (1) Estes Estes SR-71 Kit