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Q: Are there any parameters for team names?
A: No.

Q: Is it possible to have more than one team from our college to compete in the Tribal and/or AISES Competition?

A: Yes, you can have more than one team if space is available for additional teams. We would suggest 4-6 students per team or more and students only participate on a single team.

Q: Do we have to submit an NOI for the Tribal and AISES competition if we want to compete in both launches?
A: Yes, but only if you want to compete in both challenges. If you plan to have two or more teams in either competition, you must submit an NOI for each team competing.

Q: Are we eligible to launch if we don’t have any experience launching rockets.?
A: Yes, you are eligible to launch. We will host virtual workshops, safety reviews, and inspections to help you prepare for launch day.

Q: If we are not a Tribal college, can we compete?
A: If you build a Tribal Competition rocket and are not a Tribal College, you will still be able to launch your rocket on the day of the competition, but you will not be eligible for ranking in the competition.

Q: How can I book my hotel room?
A: You must submit your request to the WSGC Program Office (do not call the hotel) for hotel room(s)at the Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside in Kenosha, WI.  Indicate the number of rooms needed and who will be assigned to each room.  We recommend 3-4 people in each room.  The last day to make this request is March 13, 2017.  
WSGC will book your team’s loadging.

Q: Are any meals provided by the competition?

A:  Thursday evening, light refreshments will be served at the oral presentations.  The Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside offers breakfast each morning.  Lunch will be provided both Friday (Carthage Cafeteria) and Saturday (Subway).  WSGC hosts a dinner banquet Saturday evening.  

Q: When should I be at the launch site hotel?
A: If you are making flight arrangements, please make every attempt to arrive at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport or O’Hare International Airport by 2:00 PM CST April 20, 2017.  Teams should arrive at Carthage College by 4:30 pm.  Both airports are within one hour from the hotel.  WSGC will provide information about transportation options to the hotel from the airport.  Once you have secured your flight arrangements, please send your flight schedule to the WSGC Program Office.  If you are flying a rocket, make sure you allow time to ship your rocket to Carthage College if that is how you want to transport your rocket for the competition.

Q: What transportation options are there from the airport to the hotel?
Transportation From MKE to Kenosha:  http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Milwaukee-Airport-MKE/Kenosha
Go Riteway Airport Shuttle (414) 570-5200
Kenosha Cab Co. (262) 654-3511
Yellow Cab Co. (262) 657-7111
Checker Cab Co. (262) 657-3141
Black & White Cab Co. (262) 694-1900
Coach USA Bus (ticket price = $13.00 USD) one way. This is the fastest and most convenient way to travel to Kenosha, WI You can purchase (cash or credit) a ticket in person when you board the bus. The bus will drop you off at a restaurant called The Brat Stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is approximately .3 miles from the Comfort Inn & Suites. 
Transportation from ORD to Kenosha:  http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Chicago-O-Hare-Airport-ORD/Kenosha

Q: What paperwork and reporting do we have to do if my team competes?
A: Getting your paperwork in on time is imperative as each report will be factored in on your score and will affect your team’s eligibility for prizes. If you do not get your report in on time, you will get a zero. First up, an NOI must be submitted by the team’s Faculty Advisor and all team members must register on the WSGC website. There is also a Preliminary Design Report (PDR) and a Critical Design Report (CDR) due as per the instructions on the Scoring Rubric page. You can use OpenRocket or Rocksim software to help you with the reports. The day before the launch you will be required to give a team oral report and finally an Assessment of Data Results (FR) two weeks after the launch. Instructions for these are also on the Competition page.

Q: What happens after we turn in the CDR?
A: You must notify us of the type of motor you will be using by March 3, 2017 so we can order them before the launch date. More importantly, each team must attend the Safety Review Meeting and a final Virtual Inspection prior to launch day.

Q: Is there anything else I should have for my rocket?

A: I would suggest also a tracking device; it could be an audible alarm, or ham radio wave, or visual aid or perhaps real time 3D GPS. The rocket launch site is not very forgiving. Many, many rockets are not found. Our team has lost a couple because we did not install a tracking device.

Q: What if we don’t get our rocket done before we need to leave for the competition?
A: We will have room to work on your rockets all day Friday. EVERYONE MUST ATTEND ALL ORAL REPORTS and the SAFETY CHECK on Thursday evening! You should plan on having your rocket 95-100% done before you come.  Extra points will be given to teams arriving to the launch weekend with rockets ready-to-fly.  In addition, you may need or want to make changes after your oral report and safety check. 

Q: Any advice regarding the design as well as types of scientific experiments?
A: Science payloads are left up to the imagination of the team but some suggestions are offered here; atmospheric experiments, rocket force’s experiments, camera and photography experiments, nano-partical applications, skin-effect and boundary layer experiments, environmental applications such as habitat monitoring or invasive species detection.

Q: Would using parts from our RP [Rapid Prototyping] machine be considered as a science payload?
A: Yes, using specially designed rocket parts is a science payload. This is because once you launch them under the rocket stresses, i.e. 8 times the force of gravity, the parts then become flight tested hardware and can be used for high-powered rocketry marketing of your product, as an example. Not every part on a rocket always survives.

Q: Is the mile marker set above sea level or above ground level?
A: The mile marker is measured from ground level (AGL) and is approximately 750’ above sea level.

Q: Is the final height of the flight dependent only on the altimeter readings or is it standardized so that the length of the altimeter bay to nosecone is added making the tip of the nosecone the measured point of the flight?
A: When the rocket arcs over the apogee, it is at its highest point and that is what the altimeter will read. So plan your placement of the altimeter based on the arc.

Q: How do you measure the time it takes for the rocket to reach apogee? If it’s by stopwatch from ground, do you add in human reaction times as error or have multiple people taking time and take the average? Is it from button push or movement of rocket?
A: You could build a standard accelerometer based module that measures time from movement to apogee. It would work on a threshold for starting to measure before it starts timing and then as the rocket stops moving, it stops recording.

Q: How do you determine who wins the flight portion of the Tribal Competition?
A: Tribal teams will need to predict their altitude before launching. The team that predicts closest to their altitude by percentage will win the flight portion of the competition.

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