Step 5: The Parachute

Next is the parachute. This is what the painter's drop cloth is used for. First, fold the drop cloth into a square and then cut it. Once it's in a square you want to fold the drop cloth in half, and then in half again about 3 more times. It should look a bit like a long triangle at this point. Cut about a foot off only on the bottom (NOT the pointed top). Unfold it and it should look like a circle. Keep re-folding and cutting until the diameter is about 54". This seemed to be the perfect size for a parachute. After you have reached the desired size, place little squares of tape on the ends of the parachute 8 times. Punch holes and then tie 54" strings in each hole. This is your parachute.
<p>Good question....</p><p>How does the 'chute deploys?</p>
<p>the person who &quot;invented&quot; this how does the parachute come out and is it one time use or</p>
&nbsp;How does the parachute deploy? Does the wind catch those plastic tabs when the rocket is falling down and pull off the nose, thus releasing the chute?

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