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Motor Guide Results

Here is your handy guide to the motors that might work with your rocket. We found 94 motors that fit and appear to have enough thrust (679 motors didn't fit, 18 motors failed safety checks). 110 motor had thrust curves available and 217 flight simulations were performed. Browse the motors that did and didn't work right here or download the results as a spreadsheet.

The Rocket

Rocket Name:   USS Pensacola
Owner: Jim Lane
Body Diameter: 3.00in
Dry Weight: 24.0oz
MMT Diameter: 29.0mm
MMT Length: 17.00in
CD: 2.00

Motors That Work

These motors fit your rocket and appear to have enough thrust to lift it safely. If thrust curves are available, a quick simulation has been run to give a rough idea of the performance of your rocket on this motor. We encourage you to run a more complete simulation with any motor you plan to use; see the simulators page for more info.

  Motor Weight Launch Velocity Accel Altitude Time Delay
OK AeroTech F62 27.8oz 59ft/s 171ft/s 7.2G 339ft 4.5s 3s
OK Cesaroni F120 27.7oz 90ft/s 207ft/s 16.8G 349ft 4.3s 4s
OK Cesaroni F59 27.5oz 63ft/s 186ft/s 8.2G 364ft 4.6s 4s
OK AeroTech F42 26.7oz 61ft/s 166ft/s 8.3G 366ft 4.7s 3s
OK AeroTech F20 26.8oz 48ft/s 138ft/s 5.5G 378ft 5.1s 2s
OK AeroTech F50 27.0oz 66ft/s 207ft/s 8.7G 450ft 5.0s 4s
OK AeroTech F52 28.3oz 68ft/s 204ft/s 9.0G 468ft 5.1s 4s
OK AeroTech F25 27.2oz 56ft/s 164ft/s 6.6G 476ft 5.5s 3s
warningsW Estes F50 26.9oz 67ft/s 221ft/s 9.1G 502ft 5.2s 4s
OK AeroTech F40 28.5oz 59ft/s 190ft/s 7.5G 506ft 5.4s 3s
OK AeroTech G54 28.8oz 65ft/s 217ft/s 8.9G 513ft 5.3s 4s
OK Cesaroni G88 29.4oz 71ft/s 261ft/s 13.3G 517ft 5.2s 4s
OK AeroTech G104 28.8oz 84ft/s 261ft/s 14.2G 527ft 5.1s 4s
OK AeroTech G74 27.1oz 73ft/s 269ft/s 10.5G 541ft 5.3s 4s
OK AeroTech G38 28.4oz 50ft/s 190ft/s 5.7G 572ft 6.0s 3s
OK AeroTech G53 29.1oz 69ft/s 227ft/s 9.6G 580ft 5.6s 4s
OK Cesaroni G80 29.1oz 67ft/s 279ft/s 11.2G 580ft 5.4s 4s
OK AeroTech G77 29.8oz 63ft/s 284ft/s 8.9G 619ft 5.7s 4s
OK Cesaroni G250 29.0oz 120ft/s 385ft/s 32.5G 621ft 5.2s 5s
OK AeroTech G77 28.3oz 68ft/s 295ft/s 10.1G 622ft 5.5s 4s
warningsW Estes G40 28.3oz 61ft/s 226ft/s 8.3G 640ft 5.9s 4s
OK AeroTech G40 28.3oz 61ft/s 226ft/s 8.3G 640ft 5.9s 4s
OK AeroTech G79 29.5oz 70ft/s 289ft/s 10.4G 646ft 5.7s 4s
OK Cesaroni G83 29.1oz 74ft/s 294ft/s 11.4G 648ft 5.6s 4s
OK AeroTech G79 28.4oz 62ft/s 275ft/s 8.6G 660ft 5.8s 4s
OK Cesaroni G68 29.5oz 64ft/s 271ft/s 10.2G 665ft 5.8s 4s
OK Cesaroni G126 29.1oz 90ft/s 347ft/s 18.6G 673ft 5.5s 5s
OK Cesaroni G57 29.1oz 67ft/s 251ft/s 9.9G 679ft 5.9s 4s
OK AeroTech G76 29.2oz 90ft/s 278ft/s 17.6G 697ft 5.7s 4s
OK Cesaroni G131 31.1oz 83ft/s 360ft/s 16.1G 704ft 5.6s 5s
OK AeroTech G125 28.4oz 88ft/s 377ft/s 16.1G 711ft 5.5s 5s
OK AeroTech G75 28.6oz 71ft/s 294ft/s 11.7G 723ft 5.8s 4s
OK AeroTech G64 29.3oz 76ft/s 271ft/s 12.3G 725ft 5.9s 3s
OK AeroTech G78 28.4oz 73ft/s 320ft/s 11.4G 725ft 5.8s 4s
OK AeroTech G80 28.5oz 77ft/s 324ft/s 12.1G 760ft 5.9s 4s
OK Cesaroni G106 30.6oz 73ft/s 365ft/s 14.4G 774ft 5.9s 5s
OK KBA G135 32.0oz 80ft/s 394ft/s 15.1G 782ft 5.9s 5s
OK Cesaroni H410 30.4oz 156ft/s 548ft/s 56.1G 803ft 5.5s 5s
OK KBA G82 32.1oz 63ft/s 329ft/s 8.9G 816ft 6.3s 4s
OK AeroTech H165 31.1oz 98ft/s 431ft/s 20.1G 835ft 5.8s 5s
OK Cesaroni H175 32.7oz 98ft/s 453ft/s 22.3G 845ft 5.9s 5s
OK Cesaroni G125 30.9oz 88ft/s 400ft/s 17.8G 853ft 6.0s 5s
OK Cesaroni G118 30.6oz 85ft/s 396ft/s 17.3G 861ft 6.1s 5s
OK Cesaroni H163 30.6oz 97ft/s 449ft/s 24.5G 863ft 5.9s 5s
OK AeroTech G138 29.2oz 87ft/s 464ft/s 16.6G 867ft 5.9s 5s
OK Cesaroni H133 30.7oz 90ft/s 408ft/s 21.5G 867ft 6.0s 5s
OK AeroTech H238 30.9oz 114ft/s 471ft/s 24.7G 869ft 5.8s 5s
OK AeroTech G75 32.2oz 61ft/s 313ft/s 7.5G 870ft 6.6s 4s
OK AeroTech H128 31.3oz 95ft/s 427ft/s 19.2G 888ft 6.0s 5s
OK Cesaroni H90 29.7oz 81ft/s 358ft/s 17.8G 915ft 6.3s 4s
OK Cesaroni H123 32.0oz 82ft/s 421ft/s 14.7G 918ft 6.2s 5s
OK Cesaroni H87 31.2oz 72ft/s 352ft/s 13.8G 934ft 6.5s 5s
OK AeroTech H115 31.2oz 80ft/s 402ft/s 12.8G 938ft 6.3s 5s
OK Cesaroni H237 34.4oz 115ft/s 536ft/s 27.2G 955ft 6.0s 5s
OK Cesaroni G54 30.8oz 79ft/s 280ft/s 13.0G 955ft 6.8s 4s
OK AeroTech H220 32.8oz 119ft/s 527ft/s 32.6G 965ft 6.0s 5s
OK Cesaroni H118 32.2oz 89ft/s 404ft/s 18.0G 970ft 6.3s 5s
OK AeroTech H210 32.7oz 112ft/s 522ft/s 25.0G 979ft 6.1s 5s
OK AeroTech H97 33.8oz 71ft/s 377ft/s 10.2G 992ft 6.7s 5s
OK Cesaroni H54 31.4oz 69ft/s 281ft/s 10.6G 1,003ft 7.1s 4s
OK Cesaroni H151 32.4oz 97ft/s 460ft/s 21.6G 1,011ft 6.2s 5s
OK AeroTech H182 31.3oz 100ft/s 517ft/s 19.8G 1,021ft 6.2s 5s
OK AeroTech H250 33.0oz 125ft/s 559ft/s 33.6G 1,028ft 6.1s 5s
OK Cesaroni H170 32.2oz 108ft/s 500ft/s 25.5G 1,030ft 6.2s 5s
OK Cesaroni H160 33.6oz 95ft/s 494ft/s 18.9G 1,046ft 6.4s 5s
OK AeroTech H180 32.9oz 108ft/s 520ft/s 25.8G 1,046ft 6.2s 5s
OK Cesaroni H295 36.1oz 123ft/s 621ft/s 34.1G 1,061ft 6.1s 5s
OK AeroTech H195 30.9oz 113ft/s 545ft/s 28.6G 1,064ft 6.1s 5s
OK Cesaroni H135 32.9oz 93ft/s 450ft/s 17.1G 1,067ft 6.5s 5s
OK KBA H225 35.1oz 97ft/s 571ft/s 22.8G 1,077ft 6.4s 5s
OK Cesaroni H399 34.4oz 158ft/s 709ft/s 56.2G 1,110ft 6.1s 5s
OK Cesaroni H42 32.5oz 50ft/s 264ft/s 7.3G 1,130ft 8.2s 4s
OK Cesaroni H340 37.8oz 141ft/s 668ft/s 41.4G 1,130ft 6.2s 5s
OK Cesaroni H194 34.0oz 106ft/s 535ft/s 28.9G 1,135ft 6.3s 5s
OK AeroTech H135 31.5oz 87ft/s 439ft/s 16.2G 1,141ft 6.7s 5s
OK KBA H130 49.0oz 79ft/s 396ft/s 15.1G 1,142ft 7.3s 5s
OK Cesaroni H255 32.2oz 130ft/s 619ft/s 41.1G 1,142ft 6.2s 5s
OK Cesaroni H200 33.7oz 111ft/s 549ft/s 30.0G 1,148ft 6.4s 5s
OK Cesaroni H180 35.1oz 107ft/s 532ft/s 26.8G 1,149ft 6.4s 5s
OK AeroTech H268 36.6oz 127ft/s 626ft/s 31.2G 1,235ft 6.5s 5s
OK Cesaroni H140 33.8oz 107ft/s 482ft/s 25.2G 1,238ft 6.7s 5s
OK Cesaroni H226 36.7oz 117ft/s 602ft/s 33.4G 1,251ft 6.5s 5s
OK Cesaroni H255 35.2oz 134ft/s 641ft/s 41.2G 1,259ft 6.4s 5s
OK Cesaroni H233 35.6oz 119ft/s 609ft/s 33.4G 1,262ft 6.5s 5s
OK Cesaroni H159 36.1oz 91ft/s 509ft/s 17.4G 1,309ft 6.9s 5s
OK Cesaroni H53 34.1oz 60ft/s 316ft/s 8.9G 1,309ft 8.2s 4s
OK AeroTech I200 36.6oz 117ft/s 574ft/s 28.8G 1,332ft 6.7s 5s
OK Cesaroni H160 35.3oz 116ft/s 523ft/s 31.3G 1,352ft 6.8s 5s
OK Cesaroni I204 36.3oz 127ft/s 597ft/s 34.5G 1,377ft 6.7s 5s
OK AeroTech I205 35.1oz 114ft/s 602ft/s 36.3G 1,381ft 6.7s 5s
OK Cesaroni I224 37.1oz 129ft/s 648ft/s 41.1G 1,448ft 6.8s 5s
OK Cesaroni I243 38.1oz 126ft/s 636ft/s 40.3G 1,450ft 6.8s 5s
OK KBA J520 49.5oz 141ft/s 949ft/s 50.9G 1,858ft 7.4s 6s
warningsW,D Estes G80 28.4oz 10:1 thrust/weight ratio (no data)

W Motor total weight unknown, lift-off Weight not accurate.

D No simulation data found for this motor.

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Motors That Fail

These motors fit your rocket, but failed one safety check or another. They may actually work, but you should use them only with caution. We encourage you to run a more complete simulation to verify flight safety; see the simulators page for more info.

  Motor Reason
failedG Estes E16 speed at end of launch guide too slow (31ft/s)
failedG AeroTech E23 speed at end of launch guide too slow (44ft/s)
failedG AeroTech E16 speed at end of launch guide too slow (36ft/s)
failedG AeroTech F23 speed at end of launch guide too slow (46ft/s)
failedG Cesaroni F36 speed at end of launch guide too slow (47ft/s)
failedG AeroTech F27 speed at end of launch guide too slow (43ft/s)
failedG Estes F15 speed at end of launch guide too slow (28ft/s)
failedG AeroTech F37 speed at end of launch guide too slow (47ft/s)
failedG Cesaroni F36 speed at end of launch guide too slow (46ft/s)
failedG Cesaroni F32 speed at end of launch guide too slow (41ft/s)
failedG Cesaroni F29 speed at end of launch guide too slow (40ft/s)
failedG Cesaroni F31 speed at end of launch guide too slow (44ft/s)
failed5 Estes F26 average thrust fails 5:1 thrust/weight ratio (4:1)
failedG AeroTech F26 speed at end of launch guide too slow (42ft/s)
failedG AeroTech F22 speed at end of launch guide too slow (37ft/s)
failedG Apogee F10 speed at end of launch guide too slow (32ft/s)
failedG AeroTech G25 speed at end of launch guide too slow (44ft/s)
failedG Cesaroni G33 speed at end of launch guide too slow (42ft/s)

G These simulations were run with a launch guide length of 8ft (rod, rail or tower). If this is not correct, launch guide lengths can be specified for your saved rockets. (The minimum velocity required is approximately 15m/s or 50ft/s.)

5 The 5:1 thrust-to-weight ratio check is a useful rule of thumb, but it does break down for motors with unusual thrust curves. For example, motors with a high initial thrust and a long tail-off may fail this test but still be safe for use.

Download the Results

The data is presented in a compact form in the tables above, broken down by motors that worked and those that did not. If you would like to analyze the data further, this section provides download links for files in a generic spreadsheet format (comma-separated value, or CSV) that can be opened with almost any spreadsheet program.

CSV Excel   Download full details of the simulation runs with the various motors:
that worked, that failed, or all of them.
 
RockSim   Download the list of motors that fit your rocket into a batch for use with SMARTSim. (See the Simulators page for more info.)

You should download these files to your machine and then open them. Normally, clicking the link will prompt you to do this. However, if your browser insists on opening the file as plain text, you can right-click (control-click on the Mac) on the link and chose Save File As (or similar).

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