We know firsthand the excitement and adrenaline rush of launching rockets. Certainly, Rockets are fun. Also, for many youngsters rocketry will make passages that will springboard early dreamers to become the engineers and aerospace professionals of tomorrow. They will be the ones designing, building and operating the next-generation rockets. Rockets launch astronauts into space, probes into the farthest reaches of our solar system and Earth-orbiting satellites that touch every facet of our daily lives.
Welcome to Rocketry
The fastest sport on the planet that will finally take you out of the planet!
That’s because Rocketry is about space. It’s about Science and Technology. It’s even about the engineering and Math. Or it can be even as simple and plain as rocket building and launching. Rocketry can be whatever you would like it to be, at any level you’d like it to be and can take you as far as your imagination wants you to.
Rocketry – A Science
Rocketry is an excellent means of learning a number of scientific concepts such as aerodynamics, center of gravity, point of balance, apogee, drag and thrust and integrating all these concepts to solve for the trajectory and determining altitude and speed of rockets. Understanding the science, you can design, build and launch your own rockets.
This sure enhances your science learning to an extent that will launch your career into space.
Rocketry – A Sport
If you understand the experimentation method and use rockets the right way for the right topics, a rocketry-based project can be an impressive entry in the Engineering or Physics category of a science fair at any grade level. You can also volunteer to form a Rocketry club or association with similar minded friends.
Rocketry – A Hobby
Rocketry is an amazing hobby! And there are a few different aspects to the hobby that are really appealing. You get to actually launch rockets right into the sky. And some rockets can go as high as a kilometer or more. This is the outdoor fun component of the hobby. Additionally you get to spend some indoor, making your hands dirty. Certainly building your own rocket will take your hobby to new heights – no pun intended!
Rocketry – A Career
Just like Aeromodeling, you can master the Rocketry skill and prefer to pass down your knowledge to new generation. If you are qualified and passionate about the STEM subjects then you can conduct STEM based Rocketry programmes in schools.
Rocketry – A STEM Skill
You need to experiment with different challenges and solutions, strategize and workout the options, work in teams to make rockets success. Students can experience the variations among different rockets. And they are able to experiment, build different tests and see cause and effect. Your fingers, hands and minds are all involved, and you can see it applied. It’s not just a theory. You see the lift off and recovery. It’s a STEM skill.
Make Rocketry a basis of a rigorous STEM unit in your school/college curriculum and like Aeromodeling, this skill again will greatly enhance your employability.
Types of Rocketry
You can either prefer to make your rockets fly with Experimental-Rocketry, or you can prefer to buy stuffs from scientific hobby stores to start making and flying rockets with Model Rocketry or if you are big with pockets then you can go all the way to advanced High-Power Rocketry. All types of Rocketry have their own excitement, enthusiasm and skill involved.
Make Rockets Fly with Experimental Rocketry
As the name suggests, in this type of Rocketry you design and construct rockets entirely from “scratch”. This makes this facet of Rocketry one of the most challenging and exciting type enriched with lots of fun and learning. Most components including motor and propellant have to be self-made. The goal here is to design, build, test and launch rockets where rockets may just refer to the motor itself or to a complete rocket assembly consisting of motor, fuselage, stabilizing fins, nose-cone and payload.
Few challenges involve developing and building safe, reliable and predictable motors, developing a recovery system, such as parachute deployment, that operates with a high degree of reliability under the demanding conditions of launch followed by high speed or high altitude flight. Striving to achieve these goals (and many others) and to overcome the inevitable obstacles, is what makes this such a challenging (and at times frustrating) and educational pastime, and one that requires diversified skills combined with a good dose of ingenuity. The outcome of all this, more often than not, is that one learns to genuinely comprehend that which is colloquially known as Rocket Science or Rocketry Science.
Make and Fly Rockets with Model Rocketry
Parents love to teach their children new exciting hobbies that will challenge them to think and use their imagination. Model rocketry can fulfill every parent’s dream of their children succeeding in life. Researchers have proven that kids exposed to model rocketry at an early age develop an interest for STEM disciplines. In addition, many of these children pursue careers as scientists, mathematicians, physicists, and engineers. Parents can safely launch model rockets constructed from wood, plastic, and other lightweight materials. Enthusiasts can enjoy their model rockets by importing those from model rocket online supplies stores like Estes or Quest which meet the safety code specified by regulatory authorities. Model rockets that fail to meet these requirements may pose significant danger to the launcher.
Advance to High Power Rocketry
This type of rocketry starts where model rocketry leaves off. This is because, it’s model rocketry on a larger scale with projects that are only limited by your inspiration and bank account. Also, there are restrictions on how and where you fly these rockets. This type encompasses the largest rocket you may build with commercially manufactured motors. These motors range from “H” through “O” and even higher sizes. These rockets generally weigh from a few pounds up to a hundred pounds or more and can fly up to 25,000 feet (and even higher). The motors may require government licensing to purchase or posses and can only be flown at organized club launches held in underpopulated areas of large open space. These restrictions make it a not-so-popular option especially in India.
High-power rocketry are the largest and most challenging rockets which fly on pre-manufactured motors and appeal to those who like large rockets and enjoy the impressive flights with the larger, more powerful and more expensive motors. More advanced materials and techniques are required for high-power rockets because of the dramatically more powerful motors.
Model Rocketry and High Power Rocketry are best suited to those who wish to make and fly rockets, and Experimental Rocketry is perhaps best suited to those who rather wish to make rockets fly. All are equally Rocketry Science!