From duct tape rockets, to sugar motors with time delays and parachute ejections charges.
This is a follow up to my previous video on how to make Sugar Rockets (bit.ly/SugarRocket)
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Project Inspired By:
A few comments from viewers suggesting to combine two previous projects to see what would happen. The delay mix and ejection charges came from the book “Easy PVC Rockets” by Jason Smiley. (bit.ly/IBEasyPVCRockets)
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My friend NightHawkInLight also has an awesome video on a different method of making a cored rocket with black powder. You can see that here: bit.ly/IBBPCoredRockets
Rockets are not toys, and this project really should not be duplicated. This video is mainly for educational and demonstrational purposes. If you’re going to attempt it anyway, I highly suggest contacting local rocket clubs to become familiar with local laws, and how to stay out of trouble with the FAA, and avoid hurting any people or property. Playing with unstable rocket motors could result in serious injury, property damage and/or legal ramifications. Use of this video content is at your own risk.
You should be aware that misuse, or careless use, of rocket propellants or ignition of an incendiary or explosive material may not be legal in your area. Check local laws and inquire with local rocketry clubs on how to safely make and launch sugar rockets.
Project History & More Info:
In a previous video on how to make sugar rockets (bit.ly/SugarRocket)
I promised to show how to make a delay mix and a parachute ejection charge.
I would caution anyone wanting to launch a duct tape rocket without a parachute to take every precaution imaginable. These are not toys. They can light things on fire, and fall down on peoples heads, which I imagine could cause serious injury. You may need permits, or only be able to launch these on special experimental launch days with local rocketry clubs.
My launch was out in the middle of the dessert, miles and miles away from any people, property and anything flammable. Safety precautions were in place in case anything went wrong.
I wanted to demonstrate what happens to a rocket without a parachute. You can see it basically becomes a lawn dart. And while rockets should never be launched in an area close to people, property, or highly flammable materials to begin with, they really need to have a parachute to retard the descent rate to minimize potential damage.
I made another rocket with PVC, and a parachute from a big black garbage bag and static tested the ejection charge multiple times, with 100% success.
I didn’t have a chance to launch the rocket to test the charge while air born, but I’m extremely confident there is plenty of power to push a parachute at apogee.
I’m thinking about making a project video showing how to make a rocket with a parachute from scratch, so if you’d like to see me do something like that, leave a comment letting me know.
Once again I want to reinforce that playing with rocket motors could result in serious injury, property damage and/or legal ramifications. I highly suggest contacting local rocket clubs to become familiar with local laws, and how to stay out of trouble with the FAA, and avoid hurting any people or property. My launch was out in the middle of the dessert.
Whether or not you’re interested in rocketry, I hope you learned something new, or were inspired in some way by my experiences.
For all my friends and followers in different countries who don’t have access to these materials but still want to build rockets, watch for my matchbox rocket video coming next week. I promise you’ll be able to build this next kind. :)