Compress Air Paper Rockets

STATUS: Completed

The compressed air paper rockets have been a HUGE success!  They are fun, cheap, and very educational.  I completed this project in September and October of 2008.  It is very easy to assemble the launcher and even easier to build the rockets.

The setup is really pretty simple.  You need an air compressor.  You can you a bike pump but I am not going to detail that setup.  Rocket launcher made from PVC and some rockets.

I’ve detailed all of my progress on making it to the space race.  Overall the cost is really low.  I didn’t write down all of the prices for materials, but it won’t break the bank.

The key to this whole thing is the PVC rocket launcher.

Fully Assembled Rocket Lauching Pad

Fully Assembled Rocket Lauching Pad

It’s made from simple PVC and sprinkler valve.  Assembly time is very minimal since all you are doing is glue sprinkler pipe together.

The next step is to make an ignition switch

The toggle switch in is the off position.

Step 1

The safety is off and the Altoids tin is armed.

Step 2

This was really simple and FUN!  I just took an old altoids can, a SPST swtich, and a Illuminated momentary push button, and made the ignition switch.  LOOKS VERY COOL!

After you’ve built your switch and rocket launcher all you need are some rockets!

Heavy Duty Paper, Launch Tube, Tape, Pen, Scissors, and Circular object

Heavy Duty Paper, Launch Tube, Tape, Pen, Scissors, and Circular object

ADDITIONAL INFO

Since I always like to use math where I can.  I wrote up the equations and how to use them here.

That’s the basics of the compressed air rockets.  There’s always room for more improvement in rocket design, ignition switches, and rocket laucher design.  So I’ll be posting some more information on this…someday.

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