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A. First to be in your mind
NEVER VIOLATE RULES AND REGULATIONS neither of your own country nor of a foreign country where you participate as a guest competitor. Ask first to find out what is necessary for making space models and flying them safely.
B. The most important for a spacemodeller
The SAPPHIRE is Spacemodelling development program launched in 1997. It consists of four Work Goups - WG 1- Rules changes and education, WG 2- Aerodynamics, ballistics and ground facilities, WG 3 - Model rocket engines and WG 4 – Publications and Education. Work groups are composed of approximately 40 technical experts from all over the world. They recommend new designs, materials, technical characteristics of models, new measuring equipment and methods etc.
Find out more about the SAPPHIRE Space Models Developing Program.
1. FAI Sporting Code
1. FAI Sporting Code
FAI Sporting Code, Part 4, Volumes ABR and SM, Edition January 1, 2013 shall be used to organize and conduct Space Models World Cup Events in 2013. They can be downloaded from the Document page.
2. Space Models Competition Classes
Space Models Competition Classes, according the FAI Sporting Code, Section 4, Volume SM, Annex 3 are: S4A, S6A, S7, S8E/P and S9A. Usually after World Cup classes at the same contest are scheduled some other classes like S3A or S1B as Open International – Non World Cup events.
3. FAI Sporting Calendar
The FAI Sporting Calendar for Space Models Events is published at the FAI Event Page.
4. Information Bulletins
Information Bulletins for all World Cup or Open International SM events should contain data on:
Entry form shall contain also:
5. Standard of Organisation
Note that World Cup contests are expected to be run to a high standard. The CIAM Bureau has agreed that events which are not run in accordance to the Sporting Code will not be included in the World Cup for the following year. As a guideline to achieving necessary organization standards may be used FAI SC4 Volume ABR par. B.12 – Space Models.
6. Checking of Sporting Licences
For every competitor the organizer is obliged to check that the Licence is valid for 2013 and record the Licence number prior to beginning of the event.
7. Eligible countries
8. Results Tables
Result tables should contain all necessary data on contest and competitors. These are:
The result tables are prepared in Excel (xls format). Pdf or jpg format is not acceptable! Attached is an example of filled results tables from Belarus Cup 2010. You can adapt it for your contest.
Please note that you must supply the FAI Licence numbers of competitors. The CIAM Bureau have agreed that any events not providing FAI Licence numbers with the results may not be considered for inclusion in the World Cup for the following year.
9. Jury Report
The FAI Sporting Code, Section 4, Volume ABR, par. B.4.1 sub.par.3 requires all FAI Jury at CIAM events to submit a report. In order to simplify this task attached is an exemplary Jury Report made on a standard form. This form contains:
10. Organisers - Return of Results
Each SM World Cup Organizer is obliged to send results of his contest to the Chairman of Space Models Subcommittee within three days after the contest has ended (FAI SC Volume SM Annex 2 par. 5). Results must be accompanied with the Jury report.
11. Current Placing Lists
Current Placing Lists shall be prepared by the SM SC Chairman as soon as possible after the results of last held event are received and they shall be distributed to all World Cup Organizers and other interested parties. If the results are received in the prescribed term of three days Current Placing Lists (CPL) shall be distributed within next seven days.
12. World Cup Diplomas and Medals
Official diploma and medals for overall Space Model World Cup winners are presented to winners at the CIAM Plenary meeting in April following the year of their victory. The winner in each class will hold the Official trophy for one year and will receive a medal and diploma. The second and third place flyers in each class will receive diploma.
1. What kind of competitions do we have in Spacemodelling?
1. What kind of competitions do we have in Spacemodelling?
International events are those in which participate sportsmen from at least two countries. There are Open International contests in which all spacemodellers who posses valied FAI sporting license may enter. These contests are only for individual classifications. Limited International contests are those in which competitors are nominated by their NACs for team and individual classifications.
World Championships are limited international contests in which competitors must be nominated by their NACs and are persons or teams from at least four different nations. In Continental Championships competitors also must be nominated by their NACs, but participants must be of at least four different nations from one continent.
Competition Classes for World and Continental SM Championships are:
2. What is the Spacemodelling World Cup?
3. How do we compete and calculate scores?
In general there are three areas of competition in SM: altitude, time duration and scale.
4. What did we do all these years?
Spacemodelling international contests started in 1965 between Poland and Czechoslovakia. On 28 May 1966 started the first international contest participated by Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, German DR, Poland, Romania, U.S.A. and Yugoslavia. Competitions were in payload altitude, parachute duration and boost glider duration.
The first World Spacemodelling Championships was held in Vrshac (former Yugoslavia, now Serbia) in 1972 and there were 19 World SM Championships organized so far. The first European SM Championshps was organized in Lleida (Spain) in 1979 and there were 15 European SM Championships organized so far. Only continental championships out of Europe was the 1st Open Asian SM Championshps organized in Baikonur (Kazakhstan) in 2007.
5. What contests shall we have this year?
FAI European Championships for Space Models 2013 to be held in Kaspichan (Bulgaria) from 24th to 30th August, 2013 is the greatest SM event this year. It is a tradition to have the Space Models Subcommittee meeting at the end of the Champs when all most important SM issues shall be discussed.
In addition to that there is a series of 25 SM World Cup events to be held in 16 countries at three continents in 5 World Cup classes. These events are sometimes completed with some Open International – non World Cup events. These are competition in classes that are not qualified for World Cup like S3A – Parachute Duration or S1B – Altitude Competition or even S8D – RC Rocket Glider Duration 10-20 Ns. The final World Cup event shall be 35th Ljubljana Cup in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from 11 to 12 October, 2013, that is a real SM festival with participation of people from about 10 – 12 countries.
Detailed information on all Space Models contests in 2013 can be found on the FAI events calendar.
6. What contests shall we have next year?
Next year, the greatest SM event shall be the 2014 FAI World Championships for Space Models to be held in Kaspichan (Bulgaria) from 24th to 31st August, 2014. In addition to that there will be a series of SM World Cups. All contests that shall be qualified for World Cup series 2014 must be registered at the FAI Office BEFORE 15th November, 2013.
1. What is Spacemodelling?
1. What is Spacemodelling?
Spacemodelling (SM ) is an airsport, a part of Aeromodelling, that deals with space models. It was invented by two Americans - Harry G. Stine (1928 - 1997), a rocket engineer, known as the “Father of Spacemodelling” and Orvil Carlslile, a shoemaker, in 1957. FAI started with it in 1962. The first, provisional rules were approved by FAI in 1964 and the official rules in 1968. In addition of being an air-sport Spacemodelling is also an applied science, good tools for technical education of young people etc. Spacemodelling is attractive for people whose age ranges from 10 to over 70 years.
2. Where do we have Spacemodelling?
Spacemodelling as an airsport is being practiced in: Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Moldavia, Romania, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, U.S.A. and Uzbekistan. It was also practiced for a short time in: Norway (1966), Egypt (1972), France (1980 – 90), Azerbaijan (1997), Australia (1980) and Republic of South Africa (2007). Recently, first contacts were made with Brazil, Cyprus, Greece and Sweden. Can you help to have Spacemodelling activities in your country?
3. What is CIAM Space Models Subcommittee?
Space Models Subcommittee (SM S/C) is a technical body of CIAM composed of at least six technical experts (including chairman) all from different countries. It deals with rule changes, technical development of SM and it takes care of international competitions. SM S/C was established in 1962. The first SM S/C chairman was Harry G. Stine - U.S.A. (1962 - 1972). His successors were: Otakar Saffek - CZE (1973-1977 and 1995-1996), Howard Kuhn - U.S.A. (1978 - 1995) and Srdjan Pelagic – SRB - starting 1996. The composition of the Space Models S/C for 2013/2014 can be found here.
4. What is a space model?
A "Space model" is an aero-model that ascends into the air without the use of aerodynamic lifting forces against gravity; that is propelled by means of a space model engine; that includes a device for returning safely to the ground in a condition to fly again; and that is made of substantially non-metalic parts.
5. What classes are there in Spacemodelling?
There are ten main classes of space models.
Each class, except class S7, has been subdivided related to engine size. These are Event Classes:
In addition to these there are three provisional classes:
6. What are the construction requirements for Spacemodelling?
Construction of a space model shall be of wood, paper, rubber, breakable plastics and without substantial metallic parts. Models of classes S1, S2, S3, S6, S9 and S10 must have minimum diameter of 30 mm of enclosed airframe for a length of at least 50 % of the overall body length. In the case of S5 body diameter must be minimum 40 mm for at least of 20 % of overall body length. In case of S1 smallest body diameter, including boat tailing in the back section of the model shall not be less than 18 mm for at least 75% of the overall length of each stage including their back sections.
7. What engines do we use in Spacemodelling?
A space model engine shall be a solid propellant reaction engine that has all propellant ingredients preloaded into the casing in such a manner that they cannot easily be removed. All spacemodelling events shall be divided into sub-classes according the total impuls as follows:
8. Where and how to start with Spacemodelling?
Easy! Gather a group of schoolchildren 12 - 13 years old and organize their technical meetings twice a week for two hours. Find some drawing paper to make bodies, balsa sheets of 1-1,5 mm for the fins and some styrofoam for nosecones. You already have general construction requirements - non-metallic parts, length 500 mm and diameter 40 mm. Total area of three or four fins shall be, for beginners, that of 2,5 cross sections of the body. Center of gravity (CG) of the model shall be 0,5 - 1,0 body diameter in front of center of pressure (CP) for that model. You can find roughly center of pressure if you cut a silhouette of the model of cardboard and balance it on the knife edge. To check is your model stabile and safe fix a piece of tread 1-1,5 m long at the center of gravity and rotate it over your head. If it follows trajectory with the nose cone heading forward - the model is stable and you can fly it safely. Buy some fabricated model rocket engines (start with A/2 or A engine class first). We wish you happy and successful flying! Send us a word about it!
9. Where to learn more on Spacemodelling?
You can choose three ways:
A. The sourcebook for Spacemodelling is:
This book by the “Father of Spacemodelling” had many editions.
The most comprehensive spacemodelling books are between many others:
B. There is a lot of magazines publishig articles on spacemodelling:
C. To ask qualified people the best is to fill in our contact form.
HAVE A GOOD TIME AND ENJOY FLYING SPACE MODELS!