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How-To:  Mount a video camera in a model rocket
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James Yawn’s site Recrystallized Rocketry has lots of great information about DIY rocketry, including this great tutorial about mounting a video camera. This hot pink rocket is called the “sugar rush,” because it is powered by Yawn’s homemade potassium nitrate/sugar rocket fuel. [Thanks, Kenneth!]

10 thoughts on “How-To: Mount a video camera in a model rocket

  1. I bought a bunch of Aiptek cameras through the years, including a pen cam I hope to pop in a rocket some day. They’re cheap and pretty reliable. Using one of the fancier models as a rocket cam seems like overkill, but if the rocket is big enough, why not?

  2. HI

    Great information and this hot pink rocket is called the “sugar rush,” because it is powered by Yawn’s homemade potassium nitrate/sugar rocket fuel.

    James Parker.
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  3. I just want to chime in here to say that Yawn is an amazing rocketry resource, filled with detailed fascinating info.

    But also that cooking grains (the KNO3-Sugar fuel in the motors) without setting your kitchen on fire and ruining your wife’s favorite all-clad saucepan, molding the center hole in them without getting a screwdriver irrecoverably stuck in the center of the grain, and finally installing them in a rocket that launches safely and straight and true without mysteriously canting over 75 degrees, flying several hundred yards before slamming directly into the side of your neighbor’s house is a little bit harder than it looks…

    1. That is why it is called (model) rocket science….

      Seriously, cook your fuel outdoors. I just picked up 2 electric skillets at thrift shops for a total of $5. Launching in 3, 2, 1…..

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