July 03, 2014

Launching model rockets with an Arduino-powered controller

Model rocketry is an incredibly fun hobby, and can find much synergy with the world of Arduino and electronics. One example of this is by Chris Hall who has created a model rocket launcher based around the Arduino platform, and made it much more interesting than a simple "go" button.

His launch device includes a key switch for safety, a nifty countdown timer with sound effects and the delay can easily be adjusted with a knob. Finally along with the 3D-printed rockets, Chris printed the enclosure for the launch unit - which is demonstrated below:

And for some fun, we can see the rockets being launched in the following video:

You can find the Arduino sketches, schematics and 3D design files for the enclosure in the project's Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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