Here’s a do-it-yourself project for you this weekend. All you need is an iPhone 4S, a low-power Bluetooth sensor, a balsa wood cradle, a 24-inch Nylon Parachute, an iOS program created in techBASIC, and tons of hard work. Mike Westerfield, who authored the project, says that he wanted to create a rocket that can collect data such as acceleration, rotation, altitude, and pressure. Westerfield used a standard booster and glued plugs into the payload tube. Inside the payload is a balsa wood holder for the iPhone and SensorTag.

In case you were wondering, the SensorTag is actually a Bluetooth development kit for wireless sensor applications and it is manufactured by TI.┬áThe next crucial step will be to download the software package that he prepared and to “copy and paste” the contents into the techBASIC program.

Westerfield also used a 24 -inch nylon parachute to support the rocket upon landing. Westerfield has launched the rocket a couple of times already, as seen in the video above. “The rocket lifted off smoothly, arcing into the air. The parachute deployed. Landing broke off a fin, but pulling the payload out, I saw the iPhone was still working, still collecting acceleration, rotation and pressure,” he writes on his blog. To learn more about the iPhone-operated rocket, you can visit Mike Westerfield’s blog.

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