As may or may not be aware, the Members of the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) are appointed by the TAP Chairperson to provide technical assistance and guidance to Tripoli Members in the design, construction and flying of rockets having a total impulse in the M, N and O ranges and for Certifying to Tripoli Cert Level 3.
Members of the TAP must be Tripoli Members themselves and must possess engineering credentials or proven their competency in the design, construction, pre-flight and recovery of high impulse rockets.
It needs to be understood that Tripoli Members designing, building and planning to fly a rocket with a total impulse of M, N or O will voluntarily provide sketches, drawings, design details, materials lists, schematics, etc. to a TAP member for review and comment prior to the desired launch date. A TAP member shall review the information provided and provide timely, constructive comments and guidance to the builder. The TAP reviewer may also call upon others for specific expertise as required. Results of the TAP review may also be provided to a launch sponsor for their information and review by the Range Safety Officer (RSO). Prefectures or launch sponsors may highly recommend that high impulse rockets be reviewed by the TAP prior to submission to the RSO.
TAP members also participate in efforts to educate Tripoli Members in the design, construction, pre-flight, recovery and post-flight analysis of high impulse rockets. As such, nominees to the TAP must have extensive experience in HPR or related endeavors. Typical qualifications for a TAP member are being a Tripoli Member, participated as LCO, RSO or Pad Supervisor and as an educator. TAP members must also successfully attained their level III certification and have experience in engineering, education, or fields technically related to HPR.
TAP Members must be capable of relating their knowledge to others as well as assist others and must be willing to commit to deadlines. They must be aware of, and follow all local, national and TRA HPR rules.
Rich will be an excellent addition to the team!