Become Rocket Engineer!

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Introduction: Become Rocket Engineer!

About: Cyclist, hand made knives enthusiast and cnc fan!

Have your parents, grandparents or friends told You that You can be anyone? So, why not to become rocket engineer?! Without graduate Physics on MIT!
I'll show You how to build rocket and launching platform, how to made rocket fuel and safely ignition method.

Things, You need:
Matches
Big paper clip
Aluminium foil, 6 x 2 cm

Also, You will need some tools:
Scissors
Knife
Lighter

Step 1: Launching Platform

Take a paper clip and bend it out to get a triangle-shaped base with one part pointing up. Angle between base and those last part should be about 45 degree.

Step 2: Rocket

Take one piece of aluminium foil, dimensions should be 6 x 2cm. Find thickest match in a box. I've used some kind of stick used for making some dishes instead of match. This will be our form for rocket body. Roll foil on the match. You should get 2cm long „pipe”. Slide it a little, 5mm, and sqash it up to the cone shape. When you are done, slide aluminium completly.

Step 3: Rocket Fuel

Use your knife to scrape coating from the head of one match. Carefully, put it inside the rocket body. This will be our fuel. You can use match to compact fuel inside. Alternatively, instead of scraping, You can cut whole match head and put it inside. Both methods are ok.

Step 4: Preparing to Launch

Take rocket in one hand, hold it and put launcher's wire inside. Squash it again, and roll squashed piece, with wire still inside. This will form nozzle of our rocket engine.

All work done.

Step 5: 3... 2... 1... Ignition!


Like every rocket on the world, this one should be launched OUTSIDE.
Put launcher on the ground. You can stick it down using scotch. Use your lighter to heat rocket, and You will see Your spaceship fly!

Kind regards for Chris Hadfield!
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15 Discussions

American football or English football?

cool it worked

Nice but a little more instruction like where to light it and stuff like that.

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To be honest, I completely don't know, what can I add more. You have to heat up the firestarting powder inside rocket. Aluminium has very good heat conduction, so when you are heating whole rocket, it fires. Simply.

and add more powder and more layers of aliminium the powder should be about 5 grams per layer

Amazing flies great and very simple!!!!!!!

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burgle

4 years ago

I like this its very simple and works greatly!

i trued to make something like this a while back except i put 100 match tips inside of a tin foil body and used a sparkler as a fuse, it would have been awesome except that i had duct tape on the launch pad so it melted and the rocket got stuck and eventually just exploded instead of taking off

That's cool

launch em at da Nats... cz