The Space Derby® vehicles travel very quickly along the wire and can be just as difficult to judge as the Pinewood Derby®. Our timer takes the pressure off the judges and provides the same race management capability. Rockets are flown on guide lines of 50 lb. test monofilament fishing line. The sensors have been redesigned to easily fit on the wire of any track including the BestTrack® track

 The suggested length of the track is 40 feet, stretched as tight as possible. Sandbags or similar weight must be laid over the lower bar for stability. We also found that raising the starting tower helps. We used cartons of paper

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The Space Derby® sensors are switches embedded in a precision cut wooden housing that mounts onto the wire

 The sensor set comes pre-assembled and wired together in sets of 4 sensors with plugs to connect it to the SmartLine computer unit or the BestTrack Champ timer. We include an 



The Space Derby® Sensors, displays and the computer unit with all the peripherals make a complete system. You may also purchase a Retrofit Package to convert the SmartLine Timer or Champ timer into a Space Derby timer for a very reasonable price. The sensor set comes pre-assembled and wired together in sets of 4 sensors with plugs to connect it to the SmartLine computer unit or the BestTrack Champ timer. We include an extension adapter that you may leave on the timer when using it for the Pinewood races as well. It makes it easier to convert from one track to the other.The Space Derby® Sensors, displays and the computer unit with all the peripherals make a complete system. You may also purchase a Retrofit Package to convert the SmartLine Timer or Champ timer into a Space Derby timer for a very reasonable price

You no longer need an add-on finish line section that attaches to a track frame that you must build. You mount the sensors directly onto the line with supplied electrical tape

 The sensor wiring and the support design are made to fit onto the Space Derby® track described in the Cub Scout® leader HOW-TO book and the BestTrack aluminum track. If your Space Derby® track is based on a different design please check with us to make sure it is compatible. The spacing between the lanes must be 10 inches apart for our standard wiring


If you want the race times (as opposed to just placement) to be reported to your race management software or shown on the time displays, you will need to install a starting gate switch. The starting gate switch comes standard with the computer unit of either finish line but if you need a second one you can purchase the entire harness connectors and the cable or just the harness separately. If you choose not to use the starting gate switch, the times will still be reported relative to the first vehicle over the finish line. The first vehicle will show 0.000 and the next car will show the something such as 0.023. The first car starts the timer running. We send a clamp with the switch so you don't have to drill holes in your BestTrack track. Please refer to the Space Derby Manual version 5.1 for mounting the start switch on a BestTrack track. The start switch can be mounted with wood screws on the wooden track. Please refer to the Space Derby Manual version 4.0 for mounting the start switch on a wooden track. The wooden frame plans are shown on Space Derby® Track page. Space Derby® details and information that may help you prepare for your race are shown on Space Derby® Details and Useful Information page

See more details about the Space Derby® track and mounting a timer on the track

Download the SmartLine SpaceDerby V9 manual on our Manuals page.