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Model Rocket

On Wed, May 25 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Had a great time last night – launched a brand new rocket (Swift: Estes Rockets). We took a good look at it before it launched and that was a good thing.

We never saw it again 🙂

I saw a flame burst and then we found ZERO scraps or any remnants at all. It was kind of disappointing for EK. She was expecting to retrieve it and perhaps paint it Yellow (as I had promised … oops)

So I have to build another one and we will likely put a slightly less powerful engine in it so that she can retrieve it and we can have the satisfaction of a successful launch and return flight.

But in other news, the model rocket launch pad and contact switch that I used as a kid STILL WORKS. So that is very fun. I remember launching many rockets and really enjoying it. Perhaps this will ignite an interest in some level of engineering with our kids. Hmm.

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2 Responses to Model Rocket

  1. Bryan says:

    Awesome! Did you see that they have ‘E’ engines now? They are huge!

    I was looking forward to doing that with my kids, too. For some reason I felt I should wait a few years, but I can’t think of a good reason why we should wait.

    The last rocket that I ever build was the Comanche 3, which had 3 stages: D12-0, C6-0, C6-7. It went very high, something over 2200 feet, but the best part was that it was heavy at the start with all the engine dead weight and was quite slow initially and really didn’t make it very high at all with the 12 Newton-seconds of thrust from the initial engine. Once that stage ejected, though, it was game-on! It took off like you would expect. It fell really fast (streamer recover) and was barely visible despite being bright orange. I almost lost it the first time I shot it off.

    So my next rocket (when the kids are a little older) is going to be some heavy rocket with as small of an engine as will fit. Probably rig it with an extra chute or 2 to slow its decent, too.

  2. Leroy says:

    That sounds like a winner. I’m all for a fun recovery. It used to be the thrill of the speed of launch and getting the biggest engine possible, but I’d like to be able to recover all the stages. I’ve steered clear of staged rockets simply so I could rely on finding all pieces during recovery.

    Have fun – post a pic or two so I can see how it goes.