UPDATE: Even though all requirements are met according to the rules the final word will have to come from John Carmack
Team of rocketeers have now had a successful Carmack Prize attempt.
Team: Ken Biba, Casey Barker, Erik Ebert, Becky Green, Jim Green, David Raimondi, Tom Rouse and Steve Wigfield
Avionics: (Raven+RDAS, Beeline GPS (70cm APRS), GoPro2 + WiFi BacPac)in booster and sustainer
Payload:Smartphone+sensors (APRS telemetry)
Motors: AeroTech N1000W staged to a AeroTech M685W
Launched from: Black Rock, NV
Date: September 11, 2012
Recovery: within 6 hours of launch
- The prize is $5000 USD, and has been augmented with a further $5000-$5500 by the people listed at the end of this page. The collection of the prize from each benefactor is up to the prize winner.
- The launch attempt must be registered by a post to aRocket at least 30 days prior to the attempt, with the following information:
- A reasonable description of the vehicle
- The launch location
- The launch date
- The rocket must gain 100,000 feet from launch altitude using rocket propulsion.
- The rocket must record a GPS serial log of the flight with at least one report above 100,000ft plus the launch altitude.
- The rocket must be recovered essentially intact, the recovery system having functioned.
- The rocket must be recovered within 24 hours of launch.
- A report on the vehicle and operations must be made available on the web for posterity, with a level of quality suitable for publishing in a magazine. The report’s author retains copyright.
- Good video of at least the launch must be shared. Ideally video is captured of the entire flight to recovery, but this is not required.
- If multiple stages are used, they must all be recovered successfully.
- Armadillo Aerospace is disqualified from the competition.
- The competition is judged by John Carmack.