Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Launching A GoPro On A Model Rocket

For years I have wanted to launch a GoPro on a cardboard model rocket.
I finally did it and failed .... kind of.
Here is a link to the video of the launch. click here
And here is a video of how I did the launch. click here

I made one booster rocket and two camera mount noses, photos below.
I cut a square the size of the GoPro out of the tubes.
One looking straight down, the other at a slight angle.
If you watch the video you will see I only used the look down nose.
I underestimated the engine power needs, so I only did three launches.
I will need to build a bigger rocket with a bigger engine to try this again.
I think the camera mount idea will work, it's not perfect but the balance seemed right.
Also using a camera nose allows the camera to be above the parachute and not
below, that is if you can get the rocket high enough to deploy the parachute.
It was a fun and interesting experiment and the GoPro survived!
As I mentioned in the video, if you attempt this please read all safety materials.
Your first priority should always be safety first.
If you can't do it safely, don't do it!

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