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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.

the Water Buffalo

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the Water Buffalo

Post by bugwubber » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:30 am

Well, I'm not quite ready to post a picture of my newest rocket. Still have some painting to finish, but i wanted to share an amusing story that happened today.

This morning, I decided on a name for this rocket so I told my kids it was named Water Buffalo. They scrunched their faces and naturally asked why.

My response..."Because, could you imagine this thing being set loose in a china store? It'd look like a water buffalo ran through there"!

Later in the day we went shopping to get more rockets and food.

My youngest dropped one of the two-liters at the checkout and it landed on the cap which immediately broke.

It went sailing across the store, leaving a stream of root beer in its wake!

Oh it was quite a mess. Just can't believe that happened all in one day!

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Re: the Water Buffalo

Post by bugwubber » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:17 am

Wow life got busy this last month!
Anyway, here is a picture of the almost completed Water Buffalo.
I've only been able to do a couple launches so I am still in the process of dialing in the ballast. Once that is set I will install the payload. Strangely, I had a setback where the pressure bottle nozzle cracked along the die seam. That's been replaced and test launches are looking promising. The bottle brand is "SuperChill" so going to stop buying those.
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Re: the Water Buffalo

Post by U.S. Water Rockets1 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:40 pm

bugwubber wrote:Well, I'm not quite ready to post a picture of my newest rocket. Still have some painting to finish, but i wanted to share an amusing story that happened today.

This morning, I decided on a name for this rocket so I told my kids it was named Water Buffalo. They scrunched their faces and naturally asked why.

My response..."Because, could you imagine this thing being set loose in a china store? It'd look like a water buffalo ran through there"!

Later in the day we went shopping to get more rockets and food.

My youngest dropped one of the two-liters at the checkout and it landed on the cap which immediately broke.

It went sailing across the store, leaving a stream of root beer in its wake!

Oh it was quite a mess. Just can't believe that happened all in one day!

Thanks,

Bugwubber

That's a funny story!

But you left out one detail... did you have to pay for the soda?


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Re: the Water Buffalo

Post by bugwubber » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:12 am

U.S. Water Rockets1 wrote:
That's a funny story!

But you left out one detail... did you have to pay for the soda?
Actually they wouldn't let me keep the empty bottle. So they brought up a replacement. Poor kid was trying to help load the cart after the checker had rung up the items and it tumbled off the checkstand.

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Re: the Water Buffalo

Post by U.S. Water Rockets1 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:29 pm

bugwubber wrote:
U.S. Water Rockets1 wrote:
That's a funny story!

But you left out one detail... did you have to pay for the soda?
Actually they wouldn't let me keep the empty bottle. So they brought up a replacement. Poor kid was trying to help load the cart after the checker had rung up the items and it tumbled off the checkstand.

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What a cool story!


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