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Re: Bottle Rocket B

Postby jma » Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:32 pm

If the Aquaport launcher is used at the tournament, do the events suppervisors have different launcher plugs ( 1 for long nect and 1 for short nect bottle) for you to use?

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Postby mp727 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:40 pm

I'm new to bottle rocket and science olympiad, so does anyone have any good bottle rocket designs they can share with me? Designs that can get up to 15-20 seconds to the least.

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Postby Skink » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:10 pm

mp727 wrote:Designs that can get up to 15-20 seconds to the least.

This will take you tens of hours of flight testing to achieve. You may not have time to reach these levels if you're just starting...

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Postby fishman100 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:18 am

jma wrote:If the Aquaport launcher is used at the tournament, do the events suppervisors have different launcher plugs ( 1 for long nect and 1 for short nect bottle) for you to use?

They should, but don't count on using another plug.

mp727 wrote:I'm new to bottle rocket and science olympiad, so does anyone have any good bottle rocket designs they can share with me? Designs that can get up to 15-20 seconds to the least.

If you've read the Bottle Rocket Wiki, looked at pics in the Image Gallery, and followed this thread then you should have a general idea of what to build. Make sure you know all of your 'bottle rocket vocab' so you can design a good rocket and test it multiple times. You might not get 15-20 second times on your 1st try, but understanding the concepts, building a rocket based on those concepts, testing, analyzing flights, and repeating that process will get you rockets with over 20 second flights.

If you're just starting, well...good luck.
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Postby techmaster55 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:57 am

I find it hard to believe that a lot of people will be getting around a 40 second combined time at a major state competition, just from the fact that the best bottle rocket in the country with the 2 liter bottles was around 28 seconds last year. I would assume most people right now are getting around 14- 17 second flight times per rocket. Am I extremley wrong in saying this, or am I just talking to a few of the best rocket builders in the country :shock:

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Postby jgrischow1 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:18 pm

rocketman55 wrote:I find it hard to believe that a lot of people will be getting around a 40 second combined time at a major state competition, just from the fact that the best bottle rocket in the country with the 2 liter bottles was around 28 seconds last year. I would assume most people right now are getting around 14- 17 second flight times per rocket. Am I extremley wrong in saying this, or am I just talking to a few of the best rocket builders in the country :shock:


The winning combined time at the Wright State Invitational was over 40. The other top times were in the high 30s. Seems possible.

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Postby skillfullparrot7 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:26 pm

The winning combined time at the SoCal State competition was around 41 seconds.
The winning combined time at the Wright State Invitational was over 40. The other top times were in the high 30s. Seems possible.

Don't forget that this is Ohio you are talking about here. I agree with rocketman55 that most times will be around 14-17 seconds per rocket.
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Postby techmaster55 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:04 am

Well it turns out that my rockets acctually dont suck that bad (btw got my username changed from rocketman55) 2nd at the NY state tournament with a high 30's combined time. Woot.

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Postby gmui » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:07 am

techmaster55 wrote:Well it turns out that my rockets acctually dont suck that bad (btw got my username changed from rocketman55) 2nd at the NY state tournament with a high 30's combined time. Woot.


Techmaster55 - Your rockets were great. I saw your rocket last Saturday and it was very cool! Good luck at Nationals!

Btw, it looked like the little plastic ring was still on the end of your bottle. Unless it's there for balance, I'd suggest clipping that off to lighten the load even if it's just a tiny bit.

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Postby techmaster55 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:49 pm

gmui wrote:
techmaster55 wrote:Well it turns out that my rockets acctually dont suck that bad (btw got my username changed from rocketman55) 2nd at the NY state tournament with a high 30's combined time. Woot.


Techmaster55 - Your rockets were great. I saw your rocket last Saturday and it was very cool! Good luck at Nationals!

Btw, it looked like the little plastic ring was still on the end of your bottle. Unless it's there for balance, I'd suggest clipping that off to lighten the load even if it's just a tiny bit.


Thank you for the advice! I also believe I saw your rockets get 1st in the state if I am correct? Or maybe they were your sons, since you posted earlier about getting them a proper launcher and such. Well whoevers those rockes were they absolutly fantastic. I think that I saw the first one land on a roof, and that was at about 21 seconds. Seriously those were probably the best rockets I've ever seen, might have even placed at nationals. Really good work guys, keep it up.

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Postby fishman100 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:06 pm

techmaster55 wrote:Well it turns out that my rockets acctually dont suck that bad (btw got my username changed from rocketman55) 2nd at the NY state tournament with a high 30's combined time. Woot.

Congrats techmaster and gmui; high 30's/40's is very impressive! That's ~18 seconds per flight, which is an accomplishment only a handful of teams could get even with a 2-liter bottle.

Techmaster, did you compete in bottle rockets last year? If so, then you had a great rocket (I saw it at Nats)!
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Postby jcreeps27 » Tue May 01, 2012 2:20 am

I'm posting for my fellow teammate who does not have a scioly, but his bottle rockets have gotten up to 33 sec in one launch, and I've personally been there when he has launched over 20 sec.
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Postby Mr Sarcastic » Tue May 01, 2012 2:51 pm

jcreeps27 wrote:I'm posting for my fellow teammate who does not have a scioly, but his bottle rockets have gotten up to 33 sec in one launch, and I've personally been there when he has launched over 20 sec.

33 seconds for one launch? That's a bit too high to sound credible. If it is true though, those rockets could possibly win nationals.
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Postby jcreeps27 » Tue May 01, 2012 7:53 pm

It's credible believe me. Even he was surprised when he got that. It doesn't always do that but it has the potential to, and after all these things don't always work perfectly. It could do anything at nationals.
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Re: Bottle Rocket B

Postby havenbreadfish » Tue May 01, 2012 8:07 pm

Mr Sarcastic wrote:
jcreeps27 wrote:I'm posting for my fellow teammate who does not have a scioly, but his bottle rockets have gotten up to 33 sec in one launch, and I've personally been there when he has launched over 20 sec.

33 seconds for one launch? That's a bit too high to sound credible. If it is true though, those rockets could possibly win nationals.


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