This event was pioneered during the 1997 IRW, and at the 1998 IRW was successfully flown to a more developed set of rules, with a good field of ingenious and
high quality entries.
1) The idea is to design and build a vehicle or payload carrier to be launched
by rocket and then land in a particular orientation - eg. upright or on its
side - and remain in that orientation after landing.
2) The landing orientation must be specified before launch.
3) It is permissable for the Lander to move and/or change its orientation on
or after first contact with the ground, so long as such movement is designed
to deliver the Lander into its specified final orientation.
4) The Lander may have fixed or deployable landing legs or other touchdown
devices, such as large panels which flick out on landing. Other systems or
devices are possible - apply your imagination and ingenuity!. Study all the
different methods which Lunar, Mars and Venus probe landers have employed, or
are planned for future missions. The only method not allowed in this Contest
is the Lawn Dart/Penetrator technique!
5) It is permissable to use parachutes and/or streamers as part of the descent
6) The Lander can be designed to separate from the launching/carrier rocket
(which should have its own recovery system), or simply be launched on its own
power as a self contained unit. A to G Class motors can be used in the Launch
Vehicle for Separable Landers (which may also have their own on-board
propulsion) or in Single Stage Self Propelled Landers.
7) Points will be awarded on the basis of:-
A. Ingenuity of design and construction.
B. Interest level generated by the flight, its descent and landing.
C. Degree of success in attaining the specified orientation.
D. Extra points will be awarded if a delicate payload is carried and recovered
intact, eg. an unboiled hens egg.
Note: Haggis, a popular "biological" payload in Scotland, will not qualify in
this regard; even an uncooked Haggis will withstand almost any impact! (as
once famously demonstrated in a rocket flight by Rick Newlands of AspireSpace
- ask him about this at the 1999 IRW, it's a story he loves to tell!).