Parts of a Model Rocket
(point at parts to identify):

Payload
Section
Optional part
of rocket
allowing you
to fly payloads.

Adapter
Connects parts
of the airframe
with different diameters.
Usually plastic
or balsa.

Fins
Provide aerodynamic stability.
Usually made of plastic, balsa
or fiberboard.

Nose Cone
Gives the rocket
a streamlined
shape for lower
drag. Usually
made of plastic
or balsa.

Shroud Lines
The suspension lines of
the parachute. Usually
thin string or thread.

Parachute
Provides for a safe recovery. Usually made of
plastic or cloth. Some rockets use streamer,
glider, or helicopter recovery devices instead.

Shock Cord
Holds parts of the rocket together after
ejection. Usually elastic, or Kevlar cord.

Body Tube
Usually made of spiral
wound paper or plastic.

Shock Cord Mount
Attaches the shock cord to
the inside of the rocket.
Usually glued to inside of
body tube.

'Chute Wadding
Flame-proof wadding
protects the parachute
from the engine's hot
ejection gases.

Launch Lug
Guides the rocket along
the launch rod during liftoff
until the rocket is going fast
enough for the fins to work.

Engine Block
Keeps the rocket motor
from moving forward
during thrusting.

Engine
Pre-manufactured
solid propellant
motor. Replaced
after each flight.

Electrical Igniter
Model rockets are always
ignited from a safe distance
with an electrical igniter.

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