Tuesday June 24, 2003

If it were possible for an inanimate object to wear an expression I think this parachute would be downcast and slumping ineffective shoulders in shame. Pitiful.

Buoyed by the great, but brief, water rocket movie I made the other day I've been determined to find a reliable parachute solution so we could enjoy longer in-flight movies. Well, as you can see, there's still much to be done.

On the first launch the chute deployed early and pulled its strings off. The second launch was encouraging: the parachute deployed after apogee and brought the test vehicle down in an orderly fashion. The third launch (higher, faster, better!) saw the cone and parachute firmly attached to the rocket nose the full trip and a screaming (me, not it) plummet to earth.

If you search the web for water rockets you'll find as many attempts at parachute deployment as there are rocket types. I have a plan. Considering the amount of gluing and 'rigging it will probably be an over-engineered fiasco.

Stay tuned....

pk • 2003-06-24 10:37pm