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Types of Model Rockets

When it comes to launching a model rocket there are many things to take into consideration. For instance, where are you launching, how much do you wish to pay, and how much time are you willing to dedicate to the project? Often people can decide how to answer these questions relatively quickly. There is one question that may arise that can be difficult to assess, and that question is "What kind of rocket will you launch"?.

There are three major types of model rockets that hobbyist tend to use. The principle behind the way these rockets launch are all the same, thrust. How the model rocket gets the thrust are all different.

  • Compressed Air Rocket - This type of rocket uses compressed air to launch the rocket into the air. The rocket is hooked up to a pump through a tube. The rocketeer will step on the bag which rushes the air to the rocket, sending it into the air. In other cases the rocketeer may press a release valve that lets the compressed air thrust the rocket into the sky. A typical compressed air rocket can reach a height of about 200 feet.
  • Water Rocket - This type of rocket uses water and air for its propulsion. Many science classes will make these because they are cheap and the materials are easy to come by. The builder will usually make these out of a two-liter bottle which is filled with water and compressed air. The compressed air will shoot the water out the bottom of the bottle which will propel the rocket upwards.
  • Model Rockets - These are the most popular types of rockets and range in size, colors, and materials. Model rockets are scaled down versions of actual rockets, and some of prototype rockets. These rockets are often constructed out of wood or other plastic materials which are far more safe compared to metal. These rockets are launched using rocket engines which is filled with a combustible material. The rocket engine then has a second charge that release the parachute, or recovery system, allowing the rocket to return to earth safely. A rocket using rocket engines can reach heights over a thousand feet, depending on the size of the rocket motor.

Now that you know a bit more about the different types of model rockets it's now time to finding which one you want to build. If you decide to use a rocket that requires rocket engines take the time to research and find which motor will fit your needs best.

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