Monday, March 28, 2011

Just how many engines can you put on a rocket?

Saturday, my boys and I spent part of the morning launching rockets with the boys at a local group home.  

A couple of weeks ago we were there assisting with the building of them.  When my boys were in Scouts, one of the most fun activities we did every year was to camp out at Natural Falls (in Arkansas) and launch rockets that we built.  You never knew what was going to happen...mainly because the amount of "boy-ness" necessitating using the abso-freakin-lutely biggest engine you can possibly get away with for your rocket.  Sometimes they launched straight up, sometimes straight into the woods, and sometimes they entered outer space...I am sure of it!

That being said, here are the rockets after building...

And after addition of firepower...

Four of them have yet to be found.  You will note, rocket on left has been majorly altered to increase its firepower.  (rest assured, safety precautions were taken).  The first time it was altered, it just spun around.  The second, pretty much the same thing.  Clearly, balance is important to a vertical launch, but try telling that to a boy that is more intrigued with the idea of MORE firepower.  The one on the right got turned into stick rocket.  

March in Indiana, did not disappoint us with a surprise weather change for the launch.  Can you say COLD?  Nonetheless, fun is fun no matter the weather.


  1. wow that must have been crazy fun!!! I want to play with rockets :-D

  2. Sounds like a noisy good time. My husband and son also enjoy building and launching rockets. They are in a rocket club which meets once a month for launching and lunch.

  3. This looks fun!

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