Rocket: Friction


You have a challenging mission ahead. Will friction be your friend or foe?

Your mission: Create a concept design for a space rocket.
The basics:
Friction: A force that resists motion when two objects or surfaces come in contact. There are several types of friction, including kinetic friction, which occurs when two objects are moving relative to each other and rub together; and rotational friction, which occurs when bodies such as wheels roll on a surface.
Acceleration: A change in speed over a period of time; the higher the acceleration, the faster the change in speed. For example, if a car goes from 0 miles per hour (mph) to 60 mph in 2 seconds, it is a higher rate of acceleration than if the car goes from 0 mph to 40 mph in 2 seconds. Acceleration is a rate of change of speed; NO change means NO acceleration. If something is moving at constant speed it is NOT accelerating.
Got that? Good. Get started  

To make your rocket a success, consider the following critical design criteria:

  • Purpose: design a space rocket
  • Target destination: earth's moon
  • Size limitations: maximum length of 20 feet
  • Materials to be used: metal surface cladding

Gather your materials

Software: Do you already have 123D® Design? If yes, you can skip this step. If no, download and install the software first.
Design Files: Be sure to download the 123D® starter files.
Guides: This final package includes the step-by-step videos that will show you how to bring your design to life. Download video tutorials or watch them online.
Share design files: Download Autodesk 360 to share, edit, and view design files with your teacher and classmates. Includes 5GB of free cloud storage.

Getting to a successful design

Learn more about your mission.

Make your space rocket

Ready for liftoff? Follow the guides you downloaded in step 2, or watch them online to design your rocket. When you are done, share your design in the gallery.
Rocket: Friction
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Level: Beginner
Time: 1-5 hours