How to Make a Match Rocket

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Introduction: How to Make a Match Rocket

I show how to make a simple match rocket. It is made from common materials and only takes a few minutes of preparation. This is an easy and fun project when you are bored. A match rocket is an extremely simple rocket to construct and launch. It demonstrates many principles of rocketry, basic jet propulsion and Newton’s Law of Motion. The combustion of the matches produces hot gases and smoke to propel the rocket forward. They produce a lot of smoke so I would suggest igniting them outside. If the rocket ignites but doesn't take off, try making the exhaust hole a little bigger and if it falls really fast use less foil when making it. I also show how to make a basic launcher from a paperclip. You can choose a different method of launching it if you find it works better. There are also many different designs that can be made, I found that this design worked best for the matches I was using but with some experimentation you may find a better design that works for you. Of course the match rocket has been done many times before but I thought I would put some new touches on a classic project.

Step 1: Materials

-Matches

-Aluminum foil

-Small tube or cylindrical object

-Scissors

-Pliers

-Tape

-Paper clip

-Side cutters

Step 2: Watch the Video

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Hmm... I wonder if holding the flame lower to ignite the match heads at the bottom of the stack first would work better? 'Real' solid fuel rockets like Estes engines work that way. more energy goes out the back in the form of propellant gases and less into trying to push the unlit matcheads out.

good my friend

Imma make that l8er

Awesome!!!

it is a new idea of making a home made rocket out of match sticks

i will sent a photos after trying this

Awesome! I made mine out of this and some other dude's idea. So basically I made something better thanks to you. Well regardless of what law applies to what this project very nice for spending some time with your family and stop wasting time in social networks.

More or less foil will not make the rocket fall faster or slower. That's also a Newton law...

Pretty sure no one said it would.

QUOTE: If the rocket ignites but doesn't take off, try making the exhaust hole a little bigger and if it falls really fast use less foil when making it.