Step 2: Build your rocket (mostly)

This tutorial is made under the assumption you can build a model rocket.  Most kits are not difficult.  The Estes Reflector is good for beginners as it is Skill Level 1.

Following the instructions that came with your rocket, build the rocket but leave all the pieces of the payload bay untouched and unfinished. These pieces include: nose cone (top), payload bay tube, and payload bay base (bottom).  These parts will need to be modified to accommodate the keychain camera first. Do not attach the eye screw to the base of the payload bay.  I attached the eye screw when I built my rocket, but it will save you some trouble if you attach the eye screw after the modifications are complete.  Also, do not paint anything yet.
Nice work! <br> <br>I'm actually working on something similar right now! (think: scratchbuilt + three E size motors + completely internally-housed gopro)
I have a GoPro and that would make for a better camera if you can manage it! Three Es should have no problem lifting that.
It's coming along nicely. I'm getting pretty excited to launch it!
Here it is, in case you're interested: <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/GoPro-Model-Rocket/" rel="nofollow">GoPro Model Rocket</a>
Thanks for sharing. Great Instructable and impressive final result and video. Putting the camera in the body gave the camera great stability during chute deployment.
maybe a prism lens to get the downward view would be cool <br>http://www.cn-optics.com/products/Prisms_Right_Angle.asp
Looks like fun. Could you add a mirror, so that you get it pointing down for liftoff?
Yes, that's real possibility I didn't consider! That is very doable and adds a lot of flexibility to the rocket. The lens is tiny so a small mirror should do. This would also give the rocket better balance than strapping the entire camera to the outside of the rocket. <br> <br>I may look into engineering this and post instructions later. One possibility I'm imagining is to set up the mirror such that it allows the camera to view downwards for launch, and after parachute deployment (when the camera &amp; mirror would hang upside down and film the sky) the mirror moves out of the way to allow a horizontal view towards the horizon during descent. The mirror would be mounted to use gravity and launch forces hold it in place, and inverting it would move the mirror out of the way. The mirror just needs to be movable yet attached to the rocket.
You'd be surprised how little a camera strapped to the outside will affect the rocket's flight. I've launched some 4' long rockets on Aerotech F class motors and they easily break 1000 feet. <br> <br>Still, I like how you mounted it inside the body of the rocket. If I had a little more time, I'd have attempted something similar.
Judging by the videos I've seen with the cameras mounted on the outside facing down, I agree with you even for smaller (A, B, C engine) rockets. The camera seems to have little to no impact on their flight, but centering the weight doesn't hurt when possible. <br> <br>My main goal was to just capture a different angle of a rocket flight on video that I didn't see much of online.
<p>cool! thanks. </p>
<p>my only suggestion is that you maybe put a small spill hole in the parachute to stabilize the decent. less rocket wobble = better video. great instructable!</p>
What was the engine<br/>Was it homemade
I wonder if this would be possible using the estes hi flier rocket. It hits hights of around 1700 feet. They even have a bigger version of the same rocket. The bigger size would probably help with the camera placement.
Simply awesome!
Thank you!
I am so very glad you posted this! I over see a model rocketry program and always look at the rockets sold with cameras and was never 100% sure, now I know what to expect and how to make it even better, thank you so much for such a great 'able!
Thank you! I'm not familiar with current rocket kits with cameras. In my early model rocketry days the best you could do was a film camera that shot a single photo at the peak of flight (Astrocam 110). Today, using some ingenuity and an extra $40 or less for a keychain video camera, you can achieve great results.
You would make a great engineer and inventor. Thanks for sharing this and directing me to this website.
Hope you explore the site. There are tons of art and painting instructables. So much to learn.
Good project. Great sales pitch for the cameras. They do seem to work well. Mine was just ordered. ;-)
It is amazing the potential these little cameras offer. They're both creepy and versatile!
I think you captured some ufo's around 48 or 49 seconds of the 2nd video!
Nice! My guess is that was the recovery wadding (parachute protection) ejected from the rocket.

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