This blog covers the day to day progress of water rocket development by the Air Command Water Rockets team. It is also a facility for people to provide feedback and ask questions.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

3 Years

3 years ago today, dad and I built our first horizontal launcher, hooked it up to a scuba tank and launched our very first coke bottle in the back yard. A few days earlier after seeing a Mythbusters episode trying to disprove the Japanese video of a guy getting launched across the water, we looked up water rockets on the net and discovered a whole world of water rocketeers building all kinds of water rockets. And so the fun started....

Before we started collecting detailed flight data for each flight, we did about 60 launches of basic single bottle rockets. Since we started keeping records there have been a further total of 406 firings -
  • 5 of which have been pyro rocket flights
  • 3 flour rocket flights
  • 67 static tests
  • 331 water rocket flights ( 23 multi-stage/booster flights )
We are still enjoying the hobby, and have a long list of things we still want to try. A big thank you goes to the great water and pyro rocket communities that have prooved to be a very valuable resource in helping to design, build, test and fly rockets.


Daniel Veira said...

Hi George,

Congratulations for your 3 years!!!

I see the this episode of mythbusters on the TV but I think that they are some clumsy :).

This year its my second year, I start in December of 2007.

But the most important progres that I am doind are during this year, with the new launcher and the coupled bottles.

Is good got your advice for help me, but the worst are the resources that I got.

Good luck in 3rd aniversary form Air command rockets!!


Anonymous said...

Hi George,
Well done so far.
Can't wait to see what you come up with over the next 3 years.


George Katz said...

Thanks Mat and Daniel :)

Good luck to you guys as well in your rocket builds in the coming years.