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  • In this simulation, students set rocket parameters before launching to see how high the rocket goes and whether they can launch the payload.

    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato Published 28 April 2020 Referencing Hub media

    Your challenge is to make the rocket go as high as possible and launch the payload 400 km above the ground. You can change rocket parameters like mass, thrust and drag before launching to see how they affect how high the rocket goes. But be careful the rocket doesn’t explode!

    You can use the buttons at the top right to pause or change the speed of the animation. For each rocket launch, note the settings and maximum height you achieve. You can share your results too.

    This simulation is modelled on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket, which costs about US$6 million per launch.

    It is part of the Rocket launch challenge activity.

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