So, how do you make compressed air rockets better? By making exploding compressed air paper rockets!!
Using simple Chinatown fireworks, combined with an elastic deployment system to eject a small toy parachute action figure, I designed a rocket which jettisons the parachute man from altitude. I made 3 test rockets which were designed to test and calibrate the compressed air launcher and 6 live rockets which were intended to test the theory and intent of my design. Unfortunately, it didn't quite turn out the way it was supposed to. All 6 live rockets exploded, melted or malfunctioned and no parachute men were successfully deployed.
So, instead of this being a how-to it's more of a how-not-to. Check out the video where all the spectacular failures are captured:
Enough talk, let's explode some rockets!
Step 1: Tools + materials