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PID Controller for Thrust Vector Controlling of High Power Rocket

We are trying to design a Thrust Vector Control system for a High Power Rocket using PID Controller. Can anyone guide us what approach should we use to create this Controller? Rocket Details: Mass: ...
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How to determine altitude when altimeters fail?

Specifically for high altitude amateur rocketry, how is altitude determined when you get too high(too low pressure) for barometric altimeters to work? I heard about GPS, however, COCOM limitations ...
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What is an “M motor”? (used in a full-scale model of a Corporal missile)

The NASA JPL video Corporal: America’s First Guided Ballistic Missile shows that it used an Acid/Analine engine. That would have been both challenging and unpleasant to reproduce. So instead, the ...
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Testing flight characteristics before actual flight in model rockets?

I do a lot of scratch design/building of model rockets, but one of the things that I've struggled with is testing the models I come up with. Some of them are purely intended to be static display ...
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How much does model rocketry prepare for an actual career in rocket design?

I have been doing model rocketry for years, both the premade kits from Estes (and others), and doing scratch design as well. Some of these have been successes, and others, well, not so much. I have ...
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How can I measure the thrust of a model rocket and get other statistics

I have been building some Rocket-candy engines for fun, and informally experimenting with different designs or techniques. Now I'm interested in figuring out a way to compare the performance of the ...
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Can a DIY rocket put an object into a stable orbit around earth? [duplicate]

Is it possible for a "home made" rocket to launch an object into a stable orbit assuming a person has calculated the right trajectory?
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What is the cost of sending a small payload to space? [closed]

What is the typical weight of the propellant required to send a tiny armature rocket into orbit? What is the cost of such a small rocket in today's dollars?
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Are there commercial rockets with fins?

Pretty much all model rockets have fins for stability, but when I think about it, I can't seem to come up with a full scale, commercial or government rocket that has fins. I'm probably forgetting one ...
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Are cold gas thrusters viable for model rockets?

Lately I've been exploring the idea of cold gas thrusters, or in this case cold gas rocket engines, to be used in model rockets. I've read that nitrogen gas can get 73 seconds and helium can get 2.5 ...
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Why won't this configuration of fins work?

So I was building a rocket. I tried to find a more efficient way of attaching the fins. So then I realized how easy it would be if I just attached them like this: So instead of having the fins ...
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What factors are influencing a woosh rocket?

I asked this over at Physics, but no one seemed to know, so I'll try here: If I fill a plastic bottle with a small amount of rubbing alcohol, shake it around and hold a match to the bottle neck, I'll ...
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How to seal the connection between the combustion chamber and outer shell in this rocket engine model?

Here is rocket engine drawing. The combustion chamber made from copper and the outer shell from stainless steel. The coolant, either water or gasoline will be between With either pressurised water or ...
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What is the delta-v range for model rockets?

I'm curious about the delta-v of model rockets. While searching the web I found NASA's "For Educators" page How Do Rockets Stack Up that was going to cover it, however the stats haven't been filled in....
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Why do Estes model rockets recommend a smaller engine (B class) for first launches, but support bigger engines later?

While building model rockets with my son, I figured I would ask a question that had been bothering me for a while. When you look at the packaging of the Estes rockets, regardless of complexity level (...