The Friday after thanksgiving == a great day to take the kids out and launch some rockets. Unfortunately the parking lot next to our house was full of cars… I guess they don’t get the day off over there. We went down the the SNHFE field and launched there. Parachute failed to deploy on the first launch – but plastic rockets don’t really need a parachute. We use a cordless drill battery to ignite – and it’s perfect.
I think I might dismantle the flashlight that takes that battery to build a launch box thing, so it’s not “touching a wire to a contact” but instead it’s pressing a big red button or something. I have a really big red button too… problem is it really should be a temporary switch. Perhaps incorporate a temporary switch… the “dad switch” that I hold down while the kids press the big shiny red button. I gotta check the “maker” sites to find an idea for a really kewl box to put it in… like an old home made PC I saw a long time ago that was all mounted in a budwiser case.