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FLYING Plastic Bottle Water Rocket Launcher Project

How to build FLYING plastic bottle water rocket launcher project is an amazing way to embrace science in a fun hands on way. Everyone loves to make things fly, better with the force of water.

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The wonder of science is one that cannot be contended in any other field. Aerodynamics is one great example. At first, we could fly within our atmosphere, but with time we have the power to defy gravity, transporting ourselves to other worlds. There were a lot of prototypes created before the first rocket was launched. Different minds from different spheres of life, came together to make it happen.

There is a genius, in every one of us, but not all of us want to explore that. However, there have been many fun ways, designed to make science lovers have a feel of rocket science. One of this is the 2-litre bottle water, and its launcher pad.

The same way we have a guideline for those erupting volcano prototypes we display in our science projects, this launching process has its requirements. The water bottle, being key, is what would be dispatched. The launch pad has its components which are readily available. Some screws and nuts, lumber for its base, a pressure pump, and some other vital materials.

Although, other designs have been provided by reputable aeronautic organizations, here is another inspired design, with its procedures:

Materials needed for this project are:

Item: 2 Liter Bottle – Quantity 1

Use: This is the rocket body housing which stores the pressured water.
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Items: Rubber Stopper, #3, 1-hole – Quantity 1

Use: Plugs 2 liter bottle pour spout while pressurizing system.

Price: Home Science Tools online has them for ~$0.45 –
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Items: 2” Long .453 inch wheel diameter (TR

Valve Number 418) Tire Value – Quantity 1

Use: Inserted into widen #3 Rubber Stopper hole and provides Schrader Valve for bicycle pump to pressurize the system.

Price: AutoZone has them for ~$2.75 –
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Item: Pressure Treated Lumber 2X4X16 inches – Quantity 1

Use: Launch Pad Assemble Base.

Price: 8 foot 2×4 at Home Depot is ~$6.00 –

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Item: Pressure Treated Lumber 4X4X16 inches – Quantity 2

Use: To provide stabilization feet for the Launch Pad Assemble Base.

Price: 6 foot 4×4 at Home Depot is ~$7.00 –
Note: You will need ~3 inches of ground clearance to easily affix the Bicycle Pump Hose Head to the Rubber Stopper Schrader Valve. Doubling up with 2X4 should work fine.
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Item: 1-1/4 inch x 8 inch Punched Angle –

Quantity 2

Use: Clamps and holds 2 Liter Bottle to Launch Pad Base while system is being pressurized.

Price: Pretty common item at any home improvement store; Home Depot has it for ~$9.50 for a 4 foot length.
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Item: 4 Inch Adjustable Spring Hinge – Quantity 2

Use: Retracts clamps holding pressurized 2 Liter Bottle to Launch Pad Base.

Price: Theses are ~$16 a piece from Home Depot.
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Item: 1/4 inch – 20 X 3/4 inch Machine Screw with Nuts – Quantity 4

Use: Fasten 1-1/4 inch X 8 inch Punched Angle to 4 Inch Adjustable Spring Hinge.

Price: Home Depot has a 5 piece pack for ~$1.20
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Item: 1/4 inch – 20 X 2 inch Machine Screw with Nuts – Quantity 4

Use: Fasten 4 Inch Adjustable Spring Hinge to Launch Pad Base.

Price: Home Depot has a 3 piece pack for ~$1.20
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Item: 1/4 inch Flat Washer – Quantity 8

Use: Washers for Clamp assemble and Launch Pad assemble.

Price: Home Depot has a 12 piece pack for ~$1.20
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Item: 1/4 inch Split Washer – Quantity 8

Use: Tension washer for Clamp assemble and launch pad assemble.

Price: Home Depot has a 6 piece pack for ~$1.20 .

Item: 2-1/2 inch Deck Screws – Quantity 4

Use: Fasten Launch Pad Assemble Base to Stabilization Feet.

Price: Home Depot has a 1 pound box for ~$10.00
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Item: Velcro 23 inch X 7/8 in with Hook and Loop – Quantity 1

Use: To keep Launch Pad Clamp halves closed and tightly grasping onto 2 Liter Bottle nozzle rim.

Price: Home Depot has a 3 pack for ~$4.20 –
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Item: #18 Twisted Mason Line (~25 feet) – Quantity 1

Use: To pull apart Velcro from itself from a distance allowing the Launch Pad Clamp halves to snap open releasing the 2 Liter Bottle from Launch Pad Base.

Price: Home Depot has a 225 foot roll for ~$3.00
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Item: 3/8 inch Vinyl Bumpers – Quantity 6

Use: To damper the return spring force of the Launch Pad Clamps on release.

Price: Home Depot has a 16 pack foot roll for ~$2.50

Are you excited yet ?

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