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Nose cone for rocket competition

  1. Mar 17, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hello was wondering what nose cone I should put on my rocket. We need to reach around 800ft, any higher/lower and points are deducted. I don't know whether to go with a rounded cone, parabola I've seen or a pointed cone...

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know I could go test each however that means more work to be done in a limited time frame. I've done some research and it says rounded cones are better. Just thought I'd like to see your thoughts.
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  3. Mar 17, 2015 #2


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    Welcome to the PF.

    I'd think that reaching exactly 800 feet high would depend less on the nosecone shape, and more on some sort of control mechanism. Are you allowed to play out a thin wire from your rocket that is attached to the ground?
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