DPF stands for a Dollar Per Foot

We have our first winner!!!

SDSU, Rocket Project with 13,205-Feet on February 1, 2020

The Rules are as follows:

  • Open to US and Canadian Universities and Colleges only
    • No High-Schools
  • All team members must be current students
  • Single-Stage Rockets Only
    • No dropping tanks or other portions of the rocket
  • Liquid Propellants Only 
    • No solids or hybrids
    • Can be monopropellant
    •  No water or boiling water as a propellant
  • Must use Two-Stage Recovery
    • Deploys drogue-parachute at apogee
    • Deploys main-parachute below 1000-feet
  • Recovers Successfully
    • Returns on main-parachute
    • Returns with nosecone tethered to rocket
    • Sustains only minor damage
  • Launches shall be performed at FAR Site
  • Launches shall be attempted on a normal FAR launch Saturday
  • NEW: Altitude shall be determined by two commercially available recovery electronics
    • The altitude will be determined by the lowest altitude measured of the two
  • The rocket and rocket engine have not received the DPF award before
  • Follows the FAR/Mars safety requirements
  • To compete, the team must agree to provide FAR with a complete set of the rocket design plans so that they may be shared with other student groups-our mission is rocket education! If another student group successfully builds and launches this design they will receive the one-dollar-per-foot prize AND the original design team will also receive the same one-dollar-per-foot amount!
  • Launches requiring a new FAA COA
    • Altitude over 50,000-feet
    • Rockets over 9,208 lb-sec (40,960 N-s)
    • Launch team is responsible to acquire a new FAA COA
    • COA must be coordinated with FAR
    • Copy of COA sent to FAR two-weeks before launch
  • The contest starts immediately
    • Register through FAR Competition Registration webpage
    • Register two-weeks before launch
    • Currently there is no end-date for this contest


  • $1 per foot of altitude above the end of the launch rail
    • Payable to the launch team