Building a model rocket is suspenseful. You know that there will be a big launch by the end of the process, and that’s the exciting part. Before leading up to the big day, there are some things you’ll need to set in place. Proper planning and looking over these tips will ensure a successful model rocket launching.
A successful launch is a safe launch. It won’t go over well if there is a possibility of danger. Start off with choosing a location with few to no obscures around. If you choose to conduct the launch in a field, make sure the grass is damp and not dry. Dry grass can catch fire, so consider launching from a vacant lot.
Never launch on a cloudy day. Too many clouds not only disrupt your view but could harm other objects in the sky. Keep a safe distance from the launch before activating, and when you go to retrieve it, never try and grab the rocket from tall trees or power lines.
Check the Calculations
Double and triple-check the calculations and parameters of the model. Everything needs to be in order. Make sure you have the correct size engine on the day of the launch. Keep in mind the square feet of the launch area required for your launch.
The size of the launch area depends on the power of the rocket engine. You’ll need a minimum of 400 square feet for a C engine. Ignoring or overlooking this requirement could result in a failed launch—or worse, a dangerous one.
Track the Launch
It’s not successful if you don’t plan to track the launch. You’ll need to get the right materials for this tip. First, you’ll need to form a prediction for the altitude and then construct an altitude tracker. There are simple ways to do this without too much confusion.
It’s also a good idea to document the launch. Placing a small camera on the rocket can show promising results. Have everything in order before the launch, so that when the rocket comes down, there is no damage to the camera, and you can retrieve the footage.
Do a Test Run
Practice makes perfect. Doing a couple of test runs won’t hurt anything. With the practice runs, you’ll see where your mistakes are and correct them before the official launch. If you choose to do a few test runs, you’ll need more than more engine and launch pad.
Plan for two weeks and then one week before the launch. Document all successes and issues during each launch, and then make the necessary adjustments. Try and conduct the test runs on days with different weather conditions so you can note what works and what doesn’t.
Once you’ve built your model rocket and placed your stamp on it, you’ll be ready for a successful launch.