This book teaches the reader to build rockets--powered by compressed air, water, and solid propellant--with the maximum possible fun, safety, and educational experience.
Make: Rockets is for all the science geeks who look at the moon and try to figure out where Neil Armstrong walked, watch in awe as rockets lift off, and want to fly their own model rockets. Starting with the basics of rocket propulsion, readers will start out making rockets made from stuff lying around the house, and then move on up to air-, water-, and solid propellant-powered rockets. Most of the rockets in the book can be built from parts in the Estes Designer Special kit.
Chapter 1Let’s Fly Some Rockets! Shopping List The Match Head Rocket Balloon Rockets Air Rockets Chapter 2Model Rocketry Today The Five Faces of Hobby Rockets Solid Propellant Rocket Motors A Typical Model Rocket and Its Flight Let’s Get Started! Chapter 3Juno: A Solid Propellant Rocket Parts and Tools Building the Rocket Options Chapter 4Launch Pads What Makes a Good Launcher? A Quick Lesson in Igniters The Mono Launcher The Mono Launch Controller The Quad Launch Pad The Quad Launch Controller Chapter 5Flight Operations Picking a Launch Site Packing for the Launch Range Operations Site Setup Preparing the Rocket The Launch Recovery Chapter 6Compressed Air Rockets Building an Air Rocket Launcher Building Ballistic Air Rockets Flying Air Rockets Chapter 7Rocket Stability What Is Stability? Experimenting with Stability Checking Stability with the String Method Checking Stability Experimentally Checking Stability with Math Further Reading Chapter 8How High Did It Go? The Single-Axis Tracker Dual-Axis Tracking Altimeters Comparing the Methods Chapter 9Payloads Liftoff Weight Juno Payload Conversion The Ceres Payload Rocket The Ceres A Booster The Ceres B Booster The Thin Man and ICU Payload Bays The Fat Man Payload Bay The Over Easy Payload Bay The ICU2 Payload Bay Chapter 10Selecting Parachutes and Streamers How Fast Should a Rocket Fall? Streamers Versus Parachutes Streamer Design Thoughts on Parachute Material Parachute Selection Tables Parachute Physics Chapter 11Water Rockets The Launcher Themis: A Ballistic Water Rocket Flying Water Rockets Chapter 12Parachute Recovery of a Water Rocket Building the Water Rocket Parachute System Flying Themis with a Parachute Chapter 13Subsonic Aerodynamics Reynolds Number and Viscosity Mach Number High Reynolds Number Drag Kind of a Drag: The Three Types of Drag The Importance of Streamlining Understanding and Reducing Drag on a Model Rocket Example: The Coefficient of Drag for Juno Further Reading Chapter 14How High Will It Go? Predicting Altitude Using Physics Predicting Altitude with a Rocket Simulator Comparing Simulators to Flight Data Chapter 15Minimum-Diameter Rockets Hebe: Skinny Rockets Fly Faster and Higher Chapter 16Mini-Rockets Toutatis: The Powerful Midget Rocket Eros: A Small Rocket That Flies High Chapter 17Multistage Rockets The Two-Stage Romulus Chapter 18Cluster Rockets Things to Consider When Clustering Rockets The Three-Motor Cerberus The Ceres C Booster Chapter 19Helicopter Recovery Nicomachus Chapter 20Rocket and Boost Gliders Rocket-Powered Aircraft Icarus More About Rocket Gliders Chapter 21Air Rocket Glider Daedalus Chapter 22Rocket Clubs and Contests National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) Local Clubs Canadian Association of Rocketry (CAR) Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) Chapter 23Onward and Upward Reloadable Motors Designing Your Own Rockets Odd Rockets The Outer Limits Appendix Programs from the Book Juno Simulation SRockS Theodolite Appendix Places to Buy Stuff or Find Information Model Rocket Parts and Supplies Clubs and Information Websites Electronics Parts and Supplies General Supplies and Hardware Appendix The Projects in This Book The Rockets The Launch Pads Trackers Science and Math Appendix The NAR Model Rocket Safety Code