What could be cooler than launching model rockets? Launching a lot of them! To control multiple rocket launches relative to one another and put on an utterly amazing backyard air show, Joe designed a circuit (replicated for each rocket) consisting of two 555 timers configured for monostable operation and a high-current FET. A single launch button is wired parallel to all of the circuits. Delay times (from the activation of the launch button to the activation of the FET) are adjusted with a potentiometer and range from a small fraction of a second to tens of seconds.
MODEL ROCKET LAUNCH SEQUENCER PARTS LIST For Joe's instructions on how to build your own model rocket launch sequencer, click here.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.