Paper Chase

In a few weeks I am going to be doing an exhibition launch for some kids at an aerospace camp. The field in which I’m flying is fairly small so these will be mostly A and B engines with the exception of my Art Applewhite Saucer and Cone which will be both flying on D’s and E’s.
There are a couple of things I would like to accomplish at this launch.

  1. I would like to give the kids something to take home that would possibly get them interested in Rocketry.
  2. I would like to send some rockets high enough to get some “wow” value from the audience.
  3. I would like to fly a staged rocket.

To accomplish the first goal I decided to use printable paper rockets on cardstock as a giveaway. I began to investigate which design would be best. I printed the following paper rockets.

I then had my 10 year old daughter build each one. Then we took them to the local soccer field and flew them.

I can recommend all of these rockets. They are all great. However I want a 10 year olds point of view. Here are my daughter’s ratings on a 1 -10 scale
Art Applewhite’s 13mm Six Rocket ———-Build – 7 Fly -7

Fliskit’s Midnight Express ————-Build – 8 Fly -10

Civil Air Patrol Rocket———– Build – 3 Fly -7
…and for another opinion check out this EMRR review of paper rockets.
Sending one of my precious rockets really high on a small field is not what I would like to do. However sending a paper rocket in which I can simply print another if lost is fantastic! To accomplish the second goal I decided to place a C6-5 into the Fliskit Midnight Express. On our test launch this was quite an impressive flight. Very Very High. The rocket was recovered about 100 yards away after a long streamer duration recovery.
This would be a great rocket for streamer duration events.

…and in keeping with the paper rocket theme (and the “if I lose this it doesn’t matter” train of thought) I decided to accomplish the third goal this way:
I did a mod of the Midnight Express. I printed two copies of the pattern.
I built the first pattern normally creating the basic Midnight Express rocket.
I took the second pattern and cut out the tube pattern. I then cut the tube pattern short right at the launch lug markings.
I cut out the fins. I cut out both of the nose cone patterns without the glue tab. I then traced a third nose cone pattern on the remaining unused cardstock and cut it out. Fold the nose cone patterns in half these will become extensions to the fins.
Roll and glue the body tube. Attach the the fin extensions (folded nose cones) to the edge of the fins with glue. Then attach modified fins to short body tube. Add a little extra nose weight….and there we have a Midnight Express with the Bewitching Hour Booster. I highly reccommend a swing test prior to launch. I believe that our test launch with a B6-0 booster and B6-4 sustainer went into orbit 🙂
Here is a picture of the paper 2 stager:


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