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projects:simplerocketlauncher [2013/06/18 02:43]
kennethsbecker
projects:simplerocketlauncher [2013/09/21 03:06] (current)
kennethsbecker
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 I finished making the rocket launcher and it works as designed -- it puts out about six volts of electricity when I push the launch button. ​ However, it failed to launch a rocket. ​ It could be that the batteries were worn down or it could be that the rocket ignitor needs more power. ​ Also, the LED I installed does not light. ​ Maybe I wired it in backwards. ​ The LED is not required for the launcher to work, so I will consider this part of the project done.  I will try to fix the problems in the next project. I finished making the rocket launcher and it works as designed -- it puts out about six volts of electricity when I push the launch button. ​ However, it failed to launch a rocket. ​ It could be that the batteries were worn down or it could be that the rocket ignitor needs more power. ​ Also, the LED I installed does not light. ​ Maybe I wired it in backwards. ​ The LED is not required for the launcher to work, so I will consider this part of the project done.  I will try to fix the problems in the next project.
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 +[20 September 2013 Update]. ​ I fixed all of the basic design issues with the launcher. ​ I added some posts so I can use any external battery power source. ​ The LED was replaced with a bigger one that works. ​ Finally, the switch was replaced with one that works. ​ Now, everything works as designed and the launcher will actually launch a rocket.
  
 Click [[http://​beckermaker.blogspot.com/​search/​label/​Rocket%20Launcher|here]] to read the posts on my blog. Click [[http://​beckermaker.blogspot.com/​search/​label/​Rocket%20Launcher|here]] to read the posts on my blog.
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   - momentary pushbutton, normally open   - momentary pushbutton, normally open
   - battery holder   - battery holder
-  - wire connector plugs+  - wire connector plugs (4)
   - speaker wire   - speaker wire
   - alligator clips   - alligator clips
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 Here are some things I would like to do to make the launcher even better (meaning that it actually launches a rocket). Here are some things I would like to do to make the launcher even better (meaning that it actually launches a rocket).
  
-  - Add a second four AA battery holder and wire it in parallel to have 12v going to the rocket. +  - <del>Replace the LED with one that works and won't fall through the hole I drilled that was for the original, bigger LED.</​del>​ 
-  - Replace the LED with one that works and won't fall through the hole I drilled that was for the original, bigger LED. +  - <del>Add input plugs to plug in any external power source. ​ This will let me use different configurations of power inputs</​del>​
-  - Add input plugs to plug in any external power source. ​ This will let me use different configurations of power inputs+
   - Make a solar power array as a power input   - Make a solar power array as a power input
   - Make the advanced launcher shown [[http://​www.robotroom.com/​Model-Rocket-Launch-Controller.html|here]].   - Make the advanced launcher shown [[http://​www.robotroom.com/​Model-Rocket-Launch-Controller.html|here]].
  
 Members: [[members:​ken_becker|Ken Becker]] Members: [[members:​ken_becker|Ken Becker]]
projects/simplerocketlauncher.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/21 03:06 by kennethsbecker