The FAA waiver for the location is 12,686 feet AGL. The closest occupied buildings are 1.5 miles from the launch site with the exception of one home occupied by the Mesa Verde Ranch manager which is about 0.5 miles from the pads. Due to this limitation, the maximum altitude at the main pads is 5200 feet. A secondary pad location is used for high altitude flights and for rockets with L motors (complex K) and above, and allows flights up to 7000 feet. A third pad location is available for M and N motors and allows flights up to 6500 feet.
- Centennial Challenge
- The Centennial Challenge duration contest has become a staple at our events. The event is open to rockets greater than 100 inches in total length and the total power of the motor(s) is to not exceed 100 Newton-Seconds. The rocket must be at least 100" in height when leaving the launch rod, rail, or tower. Total installed motors cannot exceed 100 NS. Motors may be clustered or staged, but recovered sustainer must be at least 100". Timing starts at lift-off and continues until the first piece of the 100" section lands or is no longer visible. The rocket must be flown and recovered in flyable condition. When flown, timers will time the duration of the flight and annotate the time on the flight card. When the rocket is recovered, the flyer will bring it back to Safety Check-in to verify recovery. The longest flight durations will be posted on "under 18" and "18 and over" lists.
- Paper Helicopter group payload competition
- Youths (and possibly adults) in attendance at the launch can build paper helicopters using provided templates. These paper helicopters would then be launched en masse aboard a payloader rocket (F or G powered) and released at ejection. The person whose paper helicopter stays aloft the longest will be the winner.
- The Centennial Challenge & Sierra Blanca or Bust Challenge fun contests will be flown throughout all three days of NSL, ending at noon on Monday. If the contest winners are not present at that time, their prizes (selected from the pool of sponsor-donated merchandise) will be shipped to them. The Paper Helicopter competition will be flown 2-3 times each day depending on wind conditions.
- Mass-launch of V2’s (proposed)
- This would be a tie-in with the history of V-2 test flights at nearby White Sands Missile Range.
- Sierra Blanca or Bust (Multiple Predicted Altitude)
- Two or more flights closest to 12,003 ft (3658.5M) without going over, starting at the field elevation (4,314'). A minimum of two flights must be flown, and the same rocket and motor class must be used for both flights. Any impulse within the class may be used (varying the length of hardware and number of grains). Scored is computed as Field Elevation + Flight 1 + Flight 2. If your combined altitude exceeds 12,003 feet the altitude the last flight will be subtracted from the first. Contestants must use a commercially available altimeter that may be read without the aid of a computer. The rocket must be returned immediately to the LCO for logging the altiude. Any dissassembly before scoring must be before the LCO or assigned judge. NAR or TRA L1 or higher certification required to compete. This event is similar to the "Pikes Peak or Bust" high power contest that will be flown at NARAM 52 in Pueblo, Colorado later this summer.
- Sanctioned NAR Record Trial:
- Sponsored by O. Lee James III (NAR #15058 SR), the trial is open for any DURATION event in the USMRSC (Pink Book), 2010 edition. Precision Duration and Provisional Events are not sanctioned for this record trial. This is the third record trial that the Texas Competition Consortium (TCC) has hosted at a Southwest region NSL. Just as in 2004 and 2006, the rocketeer seeking to set a record must do most of the work. NSL officials have no connection with the operation of the record trial.
TCC will supply the registration forms and flight cards. The rocketeer seeking to set a record is responsible for obtaining and completing the required paperwork, locating and presenting the rocket to record trial offiicials, ensuring that record trial officials are present to witness the attempt, ensuring that at least two timers are present for the flight and for returning the model, as recovered, to record trial officials after the flght. Except for these items, the rocketeer seeking to set a record will follow all NSL flight rules and procedures just as any other NSL flier. If you need any special equipment or considerations, it is your responsibility to coordinate with the NSL officials. Do NOT expect special treatment. Your record attempt is just another NSL flight.
For record attempt sequence and TCC contact information, go to TCC's home page and click the pink Record Trial at NSL 2010 logo.