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May Pack Meeting - Water Bottle Rockets

posted Apr 21, 2014, 10:37 AM by Brice Center   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 10:42 AM ]
The May meeting is our popular Bottle Rockets Pack Meeting.  We will start the meeting in the Abbot Cafeteria at 7:00 PM.  After opening ceremonies we will head outside to launch our rockets and take advantage of the remaining day light.   Please note that this is a Rain or Shine event so please dress accordingly. 


The Internet has a lot information about building soda bottle rockets.  In addition, you can refer to the documents on this webpage for help.


Scouts should bring to the meeting -


Soda Bottle Rocket – Coke bottles fit the stopper on our launchers the  best. 


Water – 1-2 gallons
Bug Repellent
Goggles or Safety Glasses

Shoes that can get wet


Design of Bottle Rockets:


1) Get Creative – try to build a parachute system into your bottle rocket.  The more shroud lines the better.


2) Bottle rockets must have a rigid fin so that the rocket propels upward.  Placement of fin is recommended to be as far back on the rocket as you can.  Fins should be constructed from a stiff waterproof material.


3) Test your rocket’s stability.  Attach a string to the rocket at its center of gravity.  Then, swing the rocket around yourself, holding onto the string, to see if it is stable. If the rocket tumbles and does not straighten out, then it will probably fly badly when launched.  Make adjustments to your design until it no longer tumbles.


4) Use duct tape for construction and do not use hot melt glue.  If you want to use glue, the recommended glue is PL Premium Window and Door Sealant.  Special Note:  Sealant takes at least 48 hours to dry, if not longer.


5) Care should be exercised to not add an exorbitant amount of weight to the bottle rocket as this could be dangerous if the rocket lands on someone.


6) Refer to the documents on this webpage for design construction or just search on the internet.


Thank you and let us know if you have any questions.


The Bottle Rocket Committee