Many times friends, family, and rocket club duties can distract you when you are getting your rocket ready to fly. It is nice to have a checklist to help you get your rocket ready to fly. This article will suggest a single-deploy rocket checklist that you can use.
This checklist covers the basic steps needed to get your single-deploy rocket to the pad. I will put a PDF version and an editable version at the bottom of the post.
Single-Deploy Rocket Checklist
In your preparation area
- Place shock cord protector on bottom of shock cord
- Attach/check bottom of shock cord to motor mount connection
- Fold parachute and wrap in blanket/chute release
- Insert parachute into body tube w/cord on top
- Attach/check top of shock cord to nosecone and fit onto body
- Prepare engine
- Insert engine into rocket and secure with retaining system
- Tape igniter to side of rocket
- Check rail buttons for security and movement
- Check nosecone for a snug fit.
Depending on your club or flight location, you will probably need to present your rocket for a safety inspection before you are allowed to fly your rocket. Once inspected, you will be allowed to the pads when the pads are declared “open”.
At the pad
- Insure pad is not armed
- Place rocket on rod/rail, get assistance if needed
- Turn on altimeters/cameras/electronics
- Insert and secure igniter
- Attach igniter to launch leads
- Continuity check
Head back to the spectator area and wait for your countdown! Good luck.