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Model Rocket Quiz
by Staff
You can buy one for a little more than 10 dollars, but can you fly one? See how high your model rocketry smarts will take you with this quiz.

When and where did the first documented use of a rocket take place?

  • 400 B.C. in Italy
  • 1232 A.D. in China
  • 1550 in Germany
  • 1642 in England

What event sparked model rocketry's rise in popularity in the United States?

  • American physicist Robert Goddard's successful experiments with rocketry in the early 20th century.
  • The 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds."
  • The Soviet Union's 1957 launch of Sputnik 1.
  • Apollo 11's successful voyage to the surface of the moon in 1969.

What significant innovation greatly improved the safety of early amateur rockets, leading to the invention of model rockets?

  • Solid-fuel rocket engines
  • Long, high-quality fuses
  • Metallic, fireproof fuselages
  • Rounded, "safety" nose cones

To be considered a model rocket, a rocket must meet which of the following requirements?

  • No metal fuseslages, nose cones or fins
  • A total weight of less than 1,500 grams
  • Less than 125 grams of fuel
  • All of the above

How many model rockets are estimated to have been launched in the United States since 1957?

  • 125 million
  • 250 million
  • 500 million
  • 1 billion

Which of the following is included with every model rocket sold in the United States?

  • A copy of the National Association of Rocketry safety codes
  • A payload section
  • Balsa wood fins
  • A parachute

Which of the following is NOT a safety feature found in modern model rockets?

  • Fireproof wadding that helps the rocket to avoid combusting in flight.
  • Heat-resistant paint and decals that keep rockets from starting fires upon landing.
  • Streamers, parachutes and other recovery systems that stop rockets from falling to the ground at high speeds.
  • Electronic ignition system, which prevent users from using fuses and flames to launch rockets.

Which of the following features can't be included on a model rocket?

  • Multistage engines that launch sequentially throughout a flight.
  • Payloads capable of carrying small objects into flight.
  • Cameras or other hard objects mounted to the rocket body.
  • All of these features can be found on model rockets.

How fast can a model rocket fly?

  • 55 miles per hour
  • 120 miles per hour
  • 170 miles per hour
  • More than 200 miles per hour

According to the U.S. Model Rocket Sporting Code, how many different events can model rocket enthusiasts enter at each competition?

  • 7
  • 17
  • 27
  • 37