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Air Rockets

Air Rockets

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Published by Bill Kuhl
Learn how the ScienceGuy experimented with air powered rockets.
Learn how the ScienceGuy experimented with air powered rockets.

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Published by: Bill Kuhl on Oct 29, 2010
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By Bill Kuhl
http://www.scienceguy.org
 
How it Works
 An air-powered rocket is a rocket propelled upward by a blast of air.No propulsion comes from the rocket as in a solid fuel rocket or water rocket. Air is forced into a chamber that is a tube that the rocket slidesover. The pressure of the gas which is air, becomes much higher butthe volume is the same in the chamber. This forces the rocket upward.The blast of air comes from another chamber that is quicklycompressed by stepping on it with your foot or feet.The inspiration of the idea tobuild this project came from arocket I purchased at a hobbyshop.
 
Bu
ilding My First Rocket
I looked at the store-bought rocket and tried to think of materials that I coulduse to build a rocket that was safe, light, and cheap. Foam pipe insulationwould fit over 1/2´ PVC pipe, would be relatively light and absorb shock. Aping pong ball cut in half would fit over the insulation, this would be light,strong and not pointed. Cardboard could be for the fins and easily trimmedwith a scissors to experiment with different areas. Packing tape coveredthe rocket for stiffness and to make it easier to attach the fins.

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