Curve Sketching Project:
Graphing the Launch of
the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

Connection to the Real World

Curve Sketching the Launch of the SpaceX Flacon Heavy Rocket, most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.

3:35 P.M. The commentators initiate the countdown, “T minus—60 seconds.” Crowds gather on-site and online with millions of viewers who are ready to witness a historical event: The Falcon Heavy Arabsat launch.

Inspiration

As one of the world’s most powerful rockets, it will launch the Arabsat 6A communication satellite, which will deliver television, internet, and mobile phone services to the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. But, the fulcrum of this launch was the rocket’s successful attempt to land its boosters and central core. For the first time in human history, three rocket components were able to land back on Earth safely—ready to be reused.

Planning

For this calculus project, we formulated an equation and designed a graph of the Falcon’s altitude. While we calculated its acceleration and velocity, we did not include factors such as air resistance. Although the statistics are already mind-blowing, it cannot surpass a visual representation; thus, we illustrated a short 2D animation of the Falcon’s launch, helping others to visualize the rocket to its graph.

Implementation

Technology, internet, and codes were all birthed because of calculus, so we chose a website format for our medium—a medium that is extremely relevant to our society today. This is our prototype of the Falcon’s launch. (If it were to be recreated through basic calculus.)

Data & Resources

All of our graphs were made possible by using the telemtry data from the spacex launch and throught the use of Flight club and Falcon Heavy Test Flight Telemetry . The graphs of altitude,velocity & acceleration are available Here

The Eight Steps

Here are the Eight steps to curve sketch our model graph of the Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch

Domain

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Intercepts

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Symmetry

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Asymptotes

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Intervals of Increase & Decrease

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Local Minimum / Maximum

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Concavity & Points of Inflection

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Graph / Curve Sketch

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Project By

Author image Parsa Mivehchi Website Design, Graphics
Author image John Ahn Video, Animation

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