Hang Time payload?

Q:  I am coaching 5th grade.  Can the payload (plastic egg) stay inside the assembly, or do you have to have access to it after launch to take it out and examine it?

A:  As long as the egg can be inspected before the launch to ensure it is a full, unaltered, original egg then it’s okay. It must also be visible/accessible after the first launch if the same assembly will be used for a second launch.

Q:  Does the payload assembly have to stay attached to the rocket at all times. Can the payload assembly with parachute come down separately?

A:  The payload assembly can come down separately from the rocket body.