Science Lab Explorer Post 1010
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This year we will use 2.6in thin wall BT80 rocket tubes for all our rockets.  This will allow us to have interchangable parts - cargo units nose cones, and and boosters.  The egg and altimeter will be in a cargo unit, including the nose cone.  We will also constrain ourselves to 24mm motors of the E and F class. This will help use get some consistency in the motor selections.

We have two design nose cones - elliptical and ogive.  Estes makes inexpensive plastic nose cones in both these designs - PNC-80bb and PNC-80k.  We also have available the Apogee BT80 nose cone.  It is a little heaver than the Estes bu is a little longer and has more room for the egg.

Estes PNC-80bb                      Estes PNC-80k

Apogee 20080
Apogee Nosecone



To create the overall design and then simulate the launch, we will use OpenRocket (

We will post the team designs here as they become refined.


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Updated:  November 24, 2010