In this experiment, I will be observing the performance of three-Estes brand model rockets.
Which rocket will reach the highest altitude?
Which will have the best landing?
Which rocket is most stable during flight?
Altitude : the height of an object or point in relation to sea level or ground level.
Propulsion : to push forward or drive an object forward
Trajectory : the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces
Rocket : a cylindrical projectile that can be propelled to a great height or distance by the combustion of its contents, used typically as a firework or signal.
I hypothesize that the rocket with the longest body and 3 fins - Hijinks - will perform best. I believe it has the most aerodynamic shape.
1. Gather materials for construction of rockets
2. Construct the bodies of each rocket and glue fins in place
3. Insert the recovery system into each rocket tube (include wadding and parachute/streamer) and place nose cone on top
4. Prepare size C6-5 engines for each rocket (this will hold the fuel source and ignitor)
5. Construct launch pad and insert batteries into launch controller
6. Launch the rockets, one at a time, in an open area for full observation
7. Observe how far the rockets fly / how fast they travel / how long they're in flight / how easy they are to recover
8. Record the results and draw conclusion
Rascal, our 4-finned rocket, performed best: having the closest landing and least amount of damage
All 3 rockets flew very high into the air, reaching altitudes of atleast 1000 feet!
Our smallest rocket - The Exectutioner - had the worst recovery (it disappeared in the clouds!)
My hypothesis was that Hijinks, our longest rocket, would perform best. Unfortunately, Hijinks suffered minor body damage and was out-performed by it's heavier, more stable opponent - Rascal.