MTS Air Rocket Park

Anna Kaziunas France

Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book "Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

She’s also the Academic Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot and compiled the Make: 3D Printing book.

Formerly, she worked as an editor for Make: Books, was digital fabrication editor and skill builder section editor for Make: Magazine, and directed Make:'s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open— preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter and Facebook.

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By Anna Kaziunas France

Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book "Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

She’s also the Academic Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot and compiled the Make: 3D Printing book.

Formerly, she worked as an editor for Make: Books, was digital fabrication editor and skill builder section editor for Make: Magazine, and directed Make:'s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open— preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter and Facebook.

69 Articles

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Compressed Air Rocket is available as a PDF.

We remember the first time we put a rocket on the launch pad.
Hours of build time, well saved money for rocket motors, then that moment of truth when the launch button was pushed — was it a high flier or a dud?  In those seconds of aerial bliss when the rocket did shoot up into the air, we knew that the preparations were all worthwhile. – Excerpted from MTS Ultimate Air Rockets

Inspired by Rick Schertle’s Compressed Air Rocket project that appeared in MAKE Volume 15, Matthew Sommerfield of MTS Ventures created a simplified human-powered bicycle-pump rocket launcher. MTS’s version of the air rocket does not use batteries, utilizes upcycled propane canisters, and extends the distance between the rocket launcher and the person launching it. See the MTS Ultimate Air Rockets page for more information or listen to Matthew explain it below.

LehighValley_MMFRocket park was a big hit at Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire. Have you built or modified the Compressed Air Rocket? Tell us about it!

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