How To Make A Rocket Launching Blast Pad. Convert thrift shop pot lids and PVC sprinkler parts, into an omni-directional, rocket launching blast pad.
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Project Inspired By:
My good friend Ritchie Kinmont from www.sonicdad.com, and a design collaboration we did together for the Randomizer Rocket project (http://bit.ly/IBRandomizerBlastPad)
Project History & More Info:
I'm really excited to share my passion for building and launching rockets with completely home-made equipment. In my opinion, it's the best way to learn about how rocketry really works.
This project was inspired by my good friend "Ritchie".
We collaborated on a design for the "Randomizer Rocket", which you should have seen making a cameo in this video, if you were paying attention.
When it was time to go film the launches we knew we had to make a custom launch pad. We needed something that would swivel 360º, and support the launch of the Randomizer.
I didn't have much time to put into the creative efforts for designing a launch pad, but once again, Ritchie went home that same day and whipped up a design that I really liked, which you can see here: (http://bit.ly/IBRandomizerBlastPad)
His design uses 1/2" PVC, and originally used a paint can lid for the blast pad, which we quickly discovered didn't hold up very well to repeated blasts of rocket fuel.
I still really liked the idea of using a pot lid from a thrift store as a blast pad, like I showed in the "Redneck Rocketry" video: (http://bit.ly/RedneckRocketry), so I kept that, and upgraded the launch frame to 3/4" PVC as well.
I slightly modified the paint job, but all-in -all this idea was heavily founded on Ritchie's idea, so big shout-out to him for giving approval to make my own version, and my own project video.
You can see the launch-pad angles to any position you could ever hope for, and is sturdy and durable enough to take a beating from multiple launches, with hardly any sign of wear.
I'm really excited to have the Randomizer Blast-Pad join me as an important addition to this series on home-built rocketry.
Depending on whether you already have PVC glue and spray paint, you can probably get away with making the launch pad for around $10.
By the way, I keep the launch-pad behind my workstation, so every now and then you might catch a glimpse of it in the background of random project videos.
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