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Students Blast Off!

 
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As part of their “Space and Futures of Aerospace” unit, the Year 11 Aerospace Studies class built model rockets and then had the exciting task of launching them into “space”. The students first modelled their rockets using a Rocket Simulator computer program to test the various scenarios and gather some theoretical data. The task was then to build their rockets over a few lessons and learn about the various rocket building techniques. They certainly excelled at their rocket decorating skills! Before launch, the students had to progress through a number of safety checks to ensure that their rockets were airworthy (or should that be “space” worthy?) and that they we aware of all the safety rules associated with flying model rockets. Prior to launching the rockets, clearance was given by the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) and the Queensland Air Rescue Helicopter was notified. The students set up the launch pad on the school oval, made a broadcast on the local aircraft frequency then launched their rockets! The rockets were fitted with a sensor to record all sorts of data and some of the statistics were amazing! Some of the rockets achieved a maximum speed of 64 m/s with a peak acceleration of 21 Gs, and reaching an altitude of about 120m. The students thoroughly enjoyed this exciting experience. Maybe we have a few future rocket engineers amongst them?               Jon Collins  - Aerospace Teacher
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Last reviewed 08 April 2020
Last updated 08 April 2020