About Rockets
  Install the Simulator

Start Your Journey

  Rocket Research 101
  Rocket Research 102
  Rocket Research 103

  Educator Section
  Aeronautics Guides
  Rocket Safety
  The Simulator



Welcome to Rocket Research 103

"Kind of a Drag"

Now that you’ve completed Rocket Research 101 and 102, you should have a good basic rocket design. But there is another factor you must consider. In order to maximize its performance, you want the rocket to have as little wind resistance, or “drag,” as possible.

Why? Write down two advantages of having a rocket with low air drag.

All set? Check your answers here.

The shape of an object plays a key role in how much drag it experiences while moving through the air (or any fluid, for that matter). Check this page for a good review of drag and the effects of different shapes on drag.

Let's conduct some experiments to better understand drag.




<< Back   Continue >>

Any comments, concerns, or questions should be addressed to:    

Developer: David Mazza    
Responsible NASA Official: Jo Ann Charleston    

TP Logo
+ LT Project Office    + NASA Glenn LTP     +NASA SITE