Rocket Nose Cone Science (page 3)

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Author: Hunter J.


In this experiment I proved that my hypothesis was correct. Adding the parabola nose cone to the rocket has proven to be the best way to keep the rocket in the air for the longest amount of time. It had an average of 3.5 seconds of flight time. Adding the cone to the rocket also made a big impact on the time of flight. The rocket with the cone stayed in the air on average for 3.29 seconds. The third best nose cone to add to a rocket was the hemisphere nose cone. This rocket averaged a flight time of 3.2 seconds. Finally, the rocket with no nose cone added, proved to be the most inefficient. It averaged only 3.01 seconds, which was the worst of the four rockets. In conclusion adding the parabola, cone, and hemisphere shaped nose cones all proved to increase the flight time of the rockets compared to the control rocket with no nose cone.

Questions for Further Research 

If I were to do this project again, I would have tested more types of nose cones. I would also conduct more trials.

I could expand upon my research by studying why one nose cone is better than the other.


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Science Toy Maker. Building an Overhead Water Rocket Launcher. Online. 6 December 2010.

Shearer, Deborah A, and Vogt, Gregory L. Rockets. Houston: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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