Model Rockets

Posted by Beverley Smith on

Model Rockets is  the way forward for a future of Space Travel and Rocket Science. 

The concept of launching a model rocket can be used to simulate an actual rocket launch in which a video camera and other electronic devices can be installed to record the flights and also to measure its maximum altitude.

NASA has also used this concept in a 10 day Mars workshop developed by Compass International where the instructors from the U.S. based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provided a group of students with valuable insights on how to successfully design a rocket system for a safe launch and journey to space.

Some model rockets can be designed in a way that they will measure more than a meter in length and weigh less than three kilograms. These model rockets can then be launched into the open sky and attain an altitude of over 500 meters before they return to the ground with the aid of a parachute.

Some of these model rockets might also spiral out of control as a result of some technical and design glitches. For instance, Michael Flachbart, who has worked for the NASA youth education programme for about 29 years reported that when a total of 15 model rockets designed by children were launched, 10 of these model rockets performed greatly, three performed well and two spiraled out of control very quickly after experiencing technical glitches.

The aerodynamics system of the rocket was also designed by the kids and they also performed computer simulations before launching their model rocket.

Some of the kids that participated in this programme were very happy with the outcome of the program and showed an interest in space travel and rocket science. These kids were more inspired than ever to make this a passion that will last them for their whole lives by becoming, astronauts, rocketeers and engineers.

Small model rockets are capable of reaching a maximum altitude of about 100 to 300 meters while big model rockets are often capable of reaching an altitude of at least 500 meters. These model rockets often return to the ground with the aid of parachute placed in the rockets.

The concept of launching a model rocket is a relatively safe method and affordable way to teach students the basics of forces and the response of the vehicle to external forces and also the basics of rockets, Satellites and Space travel. Model rockets are similar to airplanes and are often subjected to the forces of thrust, aerodynamics, and gravity during its time in the air.

It is now common knowledge that in the future space travel will be easier and space will become a common place for people to visit. This is the reason why it is recommended that you try launching a model rocket. This is because of the fact that many scientists, astronauts, rocketeers and engineers have said that they were inspired and introduced to model rocket at an early stage in their lives and most of these people ended up having a passion for space travel for their whole lives. 

Launching a model rocket is also a way to teach and attempt to pass the passion for space travel and space exploration from generation X, Y, Z  and generations that come.


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4 comments

  • The fact that people can build and design their own model rockets without having to spend a ton of money is amazing. Everyone should have an equal opportunity at space travel and exploration.

    Jami T. on
  • wow! This is awesome. Kids worked on rocket design and over 80% turns out successful. I really wish i could be part of this kind of innovation.

    Ryan Babcock on
  • Wow! I’m happy reading about model rockets. With the great features listed and discussed above, I think model rockets are are a great deal.

    Regina on
  • I have always wanted to build a model rocket but I just never had the opportunity. Maybe I’ll try to take a class here in college about it or something. Your post really inspired me to go for it again.

    Trenton on

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