Designing and Building Rocket #1

For the past few weeks I have been doing rocketry with my group the Astros. It has been a big process that starts with brainstorming and at the end launching.There is a lot in the middle of that and it is long but fun.  When you think of rocketry, you will probably think that it is all fun and you get everything your way, you are absolutely wrong. The first step in rocketry is brainstorming. During the first step we have to make a google doc and write down facts such as Newton’s Three Laws,Lift, Drag  Thrust and Weight, Aerodynamics and Friction. We also put images and diagrams of launches, space shuttles and rockets. This lead to an inspiration board. 

Finally we are ready to build our rockets. First we molded a body. We had a choice between a thick or thin body, my group choice the thick body because we think it will hold more air to make the rocket go higher. Next what we did was we made fins for the rocket, we did parallelograms for fins and we did three fins. We chose the number three because it will stabilize the rocket without much weight. The last step to building the rocket is the nose cone and it has to be very pointy. Without the nose cone the rocket will not get off the launch pad, so what we did is we hot glued the nose cone on the body and then we taped it on.

We are always careful about the weight, balance and anything that will bring the rocket  down. We had to be cautious that the body is not too tight or lose because it won’t slip on to the pipe that you place the rocket on to launch with ease, if it is to lose and it slips on with ease air will come out the bottom and it won’t fly. If there is too much weight well then of course it won’t go high, also if there is not balance it won’t fly either.

You always have to be careful about all of these hazards and I hope my groups knowledge helps my group’s rocket go the highest. You also have a lot of compromising with your group to do and it is a lot of arguing in my opinion, but then you finally find a way to compromise your rocket turns out the way everyone wants it and it has everyone’s ideas and it really looks amazing. The rocket launch is going to be really cool and I am one hundred percent sure that my group is going to have a great time.

 

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