The How Zone

Water Rockets


Mix together empty soda/pop bottles, pvc pipe, a bicycle pump, a splash of water and what do you get? Water rockets! Nothing beats a homemade water rocket for hours of inexpensive fun. Join us for an exploration into the basics behind building and launching homemade water rockets.


My brother in-law, Kirk, has been building water rockets for years. On his last visit we built a water rocket launch platform along with a wide range of bottle rockets. We even attempted the holy grail of water rockets: parachute deployment systems.

In this article I will share my water rocket experiments, crazy designs, stunning failures, and even successes. If you've never heard of or seen a water rocket then get ready for a fun new hobby.

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