Well, if you've looked at the pages leading up to this one, you're probably thinking "can there be more fun?" Yes, there is even more fun waiting!

History of model rocketry

We were going to include some more background from a historical perspective, but in looking around realized that we could link you off to far better information than we'll be able to place here. Are we going to be able to offer more than, say, NASA on the history of rocketry? We think not. Here's a link that will give you a rich background. See NASA's Brief History of Rockets.

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Watch a launch!

Here are some video clips for you to enjoy.

Video one ( : this is large, about 13 MB, so if you don't have a fast connection, you'll be waiting a while for it to load. This video shows the successful launch of a large model rocket.

Video two ( : this one is a bit smaller, just over 1 MB. If you're a little limited in bandwidth, then load this one first. This is a high-quality video of a medium-sized rocket launching off the pad. You can use your media player to take a look at it a frame at a time. It's pretty incredible how fast they take off and are gone.

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Image library

LDRS 19 from July 2000 - provided by Yank Enterprises. These are some large model rockets and represent a wide variety of designs. This link will take you to just one page of several on the Yank site.

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Downloads DISK

Build a paper rocket

Visit the link below, and you'll find a paper model of the Titan rocket that you can download and assemble. You'll need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the files. It's on several pages, so make sure that you print them all. It's a fairly detailed model, probably not well-suited for the younger audiences. Go to the Space Launch Report Page to print your pages..

Log book page

Once you begin launching your own rockets, you may want to start keeping track of your launch history. You can print this page and make copies and create your own log book of your rocketing career. It provides a place to record the date, conditions, and results of each launch. This way, you can quickly find out how many total launches you've made and can track progress in working to greater altitudes (if that's your goal).

Log book page in Word format  (39 KB)

Log book page in PDF format (coming soon)

Calculations programs

Rocket3 CAD Software - though not tested by this writer, this software appears to be very capable. You design your rocket using this CAD software, then test it for stability. You get an approximation of the performance you can expect before you even build your design. The software also lets you print fin templates for use in making the guidance fins. I didn't check the pricing, but it appears that they have a price break for schools and other educational groups.

Rocket Altitude Simulation Program for Windows (wRASP) - a Windows program that will calculate the approximate altitude for a given flight. It uses the rocket model or type and the engine specifications to automate calculations of how high the rocket will go. It's billed as working with Windows95, but it appeared to work OK with my Windows98 SE system.


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Rocket Variations

Water Rockets

When you were a kid (or if you still are) did you have the little rocket that you filled with water and then attached to a pump? You pressurized it and then released it and it flew to incredible heights. I just about wore mine out, I enjoyed it so much. Well, now there is a whole area of study around water rockets. This link will show you a number of different projects using water that you can do on your own, ranging from simple to fairly complex. See the Water Rocket Index.


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