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Model Rocket

A model rocket typically consists of a cardboard body tube with either plastic or balsa wood fins. Small tubes mounted to the body tube serve as launch lugs. The rocket is slid onto a launch rod which provides stability to the rocket until it is going fast enough for the fins to work.

Model rockets use commercially manufactured rocket motors. The motor is electrically ignited and includes an ejection charge which pressurizes the body tube at the end of the rocket's flight ejecting the nosecone and recovery system (usually a parachute or streamer).


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