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Can Rocket Simulations Predict Flight?

Can Rocket Simulations Predict Flight? | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered if a rocket simulation can accurately predict the flight characteristics of model rockets? In this experiment, you will find out if rocket simulations can accurately predict the flight characteristics of model rockets.


The hypothesis is that rocket simulations will be accurate to 20% of the actual measured values.

Method & Materials

You will obtain materials, determine the mass and diameter of the rocket, compute the burn time of the engine, calculate the gravitational force, velocity, and altitude, and launch the rocket to measure the altitude and speed.
You will need 6 drafts of rockets, a calculator, a triple beam balance scale, 6 rockets, 2 Estes Altitude Finders, 1 Estes Porta-Pad# II, 1 Electronic Beam Launch controller, 2 stopwatches, and 6 Estes A8-3 Engines.


The results of this experiment showed that the expected values came within 20% of the actual values, indicating that rocket simulations can accurately predict the flight characteristics of model rockets.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it allows students to explore the accuracy of rocket simulations and gain a better understanding of the physics of rocket flight.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include testing different rocket designs and engines, as well as varying the launch angle and launch conditions.

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