The backyard is where all the cool projects happen. Projects where things might start on fire, move at high speed, make loud noises, or otherwise jeopardize the safety of grandma’s heirloom crystal collection are some of the most fun builds you can do. But they have to be done outside, and ideally near a first-aid kit. Which is why, for me, the backyard has always been a place where large (and occasionally dangerous) projects get their time to shine.
In Backyard Rocketry, we celebrate the courage, skill, and ingenuity that comes with firing projectiles into the air without an advanced degree in aeronautical engineering. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to try out any of the DIY rocketry projects in this book, but we won’t hold it against you if you are.
Professionals, amateurs, students, and just plain pyromaniacs have all contributed projects to Instructables.com, and we’ve made this collection of the best rocket projects on the site. You’ll find simple projects to get started in your backyard, and we’ve included a few that you might consider trying a few miles outside of town.
We've curated the projects in this book to get you started with beginner rocket projects like stomp-rockets (PAGE?), all the way to more complex projects like a solid fuel staged rockets with an in-fight camera (PAGE?). Whether you’re looking for a low-tech project for a weekend kids birthday party or a big build using all kinds of components, Backyard Rocketry has a project for you.
What are you waiting for? Get making, and transform your quiet yard from a place to relax to a live testing field where rockets can blast off and reach for the sky. No matter what your technical level you're sure to find a fun project here to satiate your rocket appetite, just remember to bring a fire extinguisher in case there's an accident and you need to scrub the launch.