Press Release

TARC 2019: Rockets on the Hill Reception and Finals Flyoff

By SpaceRef Editor
May 8, 2019
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On Friday, May 17, students from around the country will converge on Capitol Hill to visit with their respective Senators and Representatives before heading to Great Meadow in the Plains, Va. for the 2019 Team America Rocketry Challenge Final Fly-off. This year’s rules celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by requiring each rocket to carry three eggs in a separate capsule to symbolize the three astronauts that made the journey to the Moon and back. The competition will crown a national champion, to represent the United States against international competitors from France, the United Kingdom, and Japan at the Paris International Air Show in June. 


Rockets on the Hill Reception

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 9:00am – 10:00am

Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902

2nd & C Streets, NE, Washington, DC 20510


Come to meet 70 student rocket teams from around the country who are competing in the 2019 Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finals. Rockets on the Hill is an opportunity to check out model rockets and share experiences and aspirations in science, engineering, and technology with students.


Keynote Speakers:

Eric Fanning, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association

Col. Donald McMonagle, USAF (Ret.), Former NASA Astronaut on three shuttle space flights, and Program Director for Space Launch Services at the Raytheon Company



National Finals Flyoff

Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 8:00am – 6:00pm

Great Meadow

5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198


Opening ceremonies for the 17th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge Final Fly-off begin at 8:15am and the first round of student rocket launches begins at 8:30am. Students will be launching until 12:15pm, followed by a second round beginning at 2:30pm to determine the winners. High-powered rockets will be demonstrated by the National Association of Rocketry at 12:45pm and 4:15pm. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 5:00pm.


All ages are welcome; parking is free.


For more information on the contest, including this year’s rules, please visit


RSVP TO:      Dan Stohr

(703) 358-1078 office

(703) 517-8173 mobile

SpaceRef staff editor.