A father and his son are preparing for their launches at Moffett Field, CA

After you build and launch model rocket once or couple of times, you may start wondering how rockets work. NASA’s Beginner’s Guide to Rockets is an excellent resource for you to understand the physics behind model rocket.

- Model Rockets

See all the parts of a model rocket: body tube, finds, removable solid rocket engine, engine mount, recovery wadding, parachute, launch lug, shock cord, nose cone payload, parachute lines.
- Flight of a Model Rocket

See all the event of a single launch: launch, powered ascent, coasting flight, ejection charge, show descent, recovery.
- Rocket Parts

Learn about all the systems on a model rocket structural system, payload system, guidance system and propulsion system. But most likely your first model rocket does not have a payload system nor guidance system. They are what you want next.
- Comparison of Model Rockets and Real Rockets

Know the differences between model rocket and real rocket.
- Rocket Gallery

Just a few real rocket. See the first real rocket is like a model rocket. But for model rocket, this is not the right place.
- Model Rocket Engine

See details of a solid rocket engine and understand how it works.
- Rocket Engine Performance

Different engines, different performance.
- Model Rocket Engine Designation

You need a C6-4 engine, but what do these letter and numbers mean?
- Specific Impulse

To understnad the trust, you need a little bit more of mathematics and physics.
- Ideal Rocket Equation

Let’s derive the equation from Newton’s second law of motion.
- Flight Equations with Drag

Learn how to find the terminal velocity, maximum height, and time to maximum height?
- RocketModeler II 2.1f beta

A computer simulation.
- Determine Altitude of a Model Rocket

Use your knowledge in trigonometry to compute the actual height of your model rocket or use the given tool here.
- Altitude Equation Derivation

If you like mathematics, why not derive the equation yourself.
- Terminal Velocity (gravity and drag)

You can compute the terminal velocity too.

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