Playing With Dangerous Rockets

My son’s model rocket got destroyed after he stepped on it. Since I had modified it from its original design, it broke right in half quite easily.

Here’s what the rocket is supposed to look like:

And what it looked like after getting stepped on:

It had taken 5 successful flights and was still going strong… until *stomp-squish*

No worries though. I have an excellent idea on how to fix it. To begin with, I’ll go ahead and leave it short. Being shorter, it will remove a little weight from it, resulting in higher flights.

Higher flights? Oh yes! The rocket was originally designed to take a maximum of a “C” engine. That got it up to about 800 feet. When I’m done with it, it will take an “E” engine, which is roughly 4x more powerful.

The “E” engine I’ve purchased has about 2.5x the thrust of the old “C” engines I was using, and has a burn time that is 53% longer. Does this mean it will fly 4x higher? One thing is for sure, we will find out on Saturday… assuming it doesn’t explode on the launch pad!

I just hope I don’t get arrested by the FAA.

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