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3…2…1…We are go for Launch!

January 22, 2010

As part of our education offerings, we teach kids how to make rockets out of 2 liter soda bottles. These aquarockets are easy for the kids to assemble and they are reusable as long as the rocket does not fly into tree or onto the 163 Freeway. The only problem with aquarockets is building the launcher.

For the past year, we have used one really good launcher. That launcher has survived hundreds of students and even more aquarocket launches. However, it was getting old and needed a replacement. We usually built our own launchers out of PVC piping and a tire pump valve. While not difficult, it still took us a few hours to make one (or two if we were on a roll).

With the almost death of our awesome aquarocket launcher (it still works, but we can tell the end is near), we decided this time that instead of spending hours sawing PVC pipe and breathing in toxic fumes from the PVC glue, we would try the internet and see what it offered. My coworker found a launcher for sale on eBay for a little over $20. How could we pass that deal up.

A few days after he purchased the launcher, it arrived in the mail, and we knew had to test it. You can watch our testing below:

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Next week we will see if this new launcher can handle the kids. We have high hopes (mostly because we do not want to have to build the launchers anymore).

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