MASA "Open Contest" Records
for the new flight submission form (PDF)
The "Open Contest" (OC) is meant to
encourage fun competition amongst MASA members. The current
records are tabulated at the bottom of this web page.
The four OC categories are:
In each OC category, separate records are kept
for the three standard age groups:
A Division, ages 7 to 13
B Division, ages 14 to 18
C Division, ages 19 and up
In addition, for each age division, a separate
record is kept for each motor class.
The rules are:
Flights must be performed at an official MASA
Flier must be a current MASA member.
Must follow NAR safety code.
Basic guiding rules will be that of the NAR
"pink book" (U.S. Model Rocket Sporting Code).
(motors must be certified, may not eject motor, must be a safe
& stable flight, etc, etc.)
Rockets must be returned after flight. (i.e. not
Duration flights must have two timers. You may
not time your own flight.
Altitude flights - altitude must be from either
an onboard electronic altimeter or from a 2 station optical
You may make as many attempts on an individual
record as you like.
You may make as many attempts on various records
as you like.
A new duration record must break the previous
duration record for that category & group by at least one
second. The official duration time will be the average of
the two recorded times rounded to the nearest whole second.
A new altitude record must break the previous
altitude record for that category & group by at least 1%
Submitting record attempts:
Please use this paper form: Flight
submission form (PDF)
It has room for up to four flight entries.
After you have made an OC record attempt, paper
forms may be submitted to any MASA officer at the launch.
Or, the same information may be emailed to
If emailing your record attempt, you must include
date, flier's name, flier's age
for each record attempt, list OC category,
rocket used, and motor used
if a duration attempt, list the two measured
times for the flight. (do not average or round the times)
if an altitude attempt, list the measured
altitude and describe how that altitude was measured
Submitted record attempts will be examined by the OC-CD.
If he judges that a new OC record has been set, the official MASA
records will be updated accordingly.