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A water rocket is a type of model rocket using water as its reaction mass. The pressure vessel (the engine of the rocket) is constructed from thin plastic or other non metallic materials (usually a used plastic soft drink bottle) weighing 1,500 grams or less. The water is forced out by compressed air. It is an example of Newton's third law of motion.

Horizontal & Vertical Launcher

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thampson
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Horizontal & Vertical Launcher

Post by thampson » Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:31 am

As most of you know we have been concentrating on water rocket cars of late. Although its been a little depressing seeing our vertical water rockets gathering dust in the garage. So this weekend we updated our launch platform to be configurable for both horizontal as well as vertical launches.

Here is the horizontal mode
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Here is the vertical mode
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The 20L container keeps the launcher stable in both modes. It takes about 2 minutes to reconfigure the launcher from one mode to the other. The platform is bolted at the bottom of the splash guard in horizontal mode and support by a screwed in support rod in vertical mode.

There are more pics and writeup on our website for those interested.

-todd-
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Re: Horizontal & Vertical Launcher

Post by RaZias » Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:47 pm

To keep my launcher stable in vertical launchings I am going to add a vertical metalic hollow tube below the main base of the launcher.

That tube will be like a spike that will stick in the soil. That way will avoid adding weight to the launcher.

It will be cool for launching at beaches.


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