AEDC volunteers build and launch rockets at Polly Crockett Festival

Arnold Engineering Development Complex volunteers recently assisted youth from surrounding counties in building and launching rockets at the 30th Annual Franklin County Polly Crockett Festival. The young people who constructed the rockets out of a straw, paper and clay, dropped a weighted piston in a cylinder to compress the air, which provided the force to launch the straw rocket. They aimed the rocket by controlling the angle-of-launch tube attached to the base which can change the rocket’s trajectory. The young volunteers determined the distance by the amount of pressure applied in the cylinder.

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