Chapter 9. Payloads

Flying the rockets we’ve seen so far is fun, but at some point you will want to step it up a notch and build rockets that carry something. It might be something whimsical, like some candy to pass out as “space candy” to the kids at a launch; it might be for a contest like the popular egg lofting competitions; or it might even be an electronics payload to measure the altitude and acceleration of the rocket or the temperature and humidity in the atmosphere. Whatever it is you want to lift, you need a payload rocket.

Before we get too far into the planning stages, though, there is one rule about model rocket payloads that you need to be aware of. Model rockets are not allowed to carry live vertebrates as a payload. There is no ...

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