(section: 3 / line: e)
The device must fit inside the 51 cm x 51 cm x 51 cm cube at all times. Realize that the imaginary cube would rotate with the device. Nothing is allowed to break that imaginary cube's plane at any time.
(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
Yes, ball bearings would be allowed in the construction of the rotor. They cannot be part of a commercial rotor assembly (Rule 3a).
No, all rotors must spin around a central axis as stated in rule 3.a. That would mean only one axis is allowed.
(section: 3 / paragraph: A / line: 1 - 5)
Yes, the rotor may spin independently on an axis.
(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 2)
The device CANNOT begin to rotate before it is released for timing. The competitors need to hold their device so that rotation does not begin before the device is dropped.
(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 4)
Any device not rotating would be considered a parachute. Making on complete rotation is not the determining factor of a rotor versus a parachute, Rotor blades that capture air is a parachute.
(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 4-5)
If the curved wings act as a parachute it is a parachute. If the wings are curved and the rotors are spinning then generally it is not a parachute. The event supervisor will make the determination.
(section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 5)
The event supervisor will use his/her best judgement as to whether the rotor captures air and/or is acting as a parachute.
If the rotor captures air it will be considered a parachute. Covering on the rotor must be taut so that when the device is dropped the covering does not bulge, capturing air.
(section: 3 / paragraph: e / line: 1)
No, the device must be in launch flying configuration and fit within the 51 x 51 x 51 cube with one face of the cube on the floor.
(section: 4 / paragraph: c / line: 1)
Yes, this would be a competition violation and the team would be put in either Tier 3 or Tier 4 depending upon the survival of the egg.
(section: 4 / paragraph: e / line: 1)
No, students may not push or start the blades into rotation before or after they release the device, please refer to Rule 3.a.line 2.