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What does it take to be a rocket scientist?

You are a rocket engineer for a space exploration company. Your job is to design a series of rockets and attempt suborbital, orbital, and escape velocity missions. Successfully designing and launching a rocket into space is extremely difficult, expensive, and full of tough choices.

Rocket components such as shape, propellant, control system, and staging affect the way a rocket flies. With each new mission, you must take into consideration each component’s reliability, cost, and performance. Have you chosen a powerful enough propellant? Is your control system prone to high failure rates? Failure is not an option here! The decisions you make will directly affect the success or failure of your rocket – and your space exploration company – because this is rocket science.

With the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's Rocket Lab, you can:
- Build a virtual rocket by choosing its shape, number of stages, propellant, and control mechanism
- Personalize your rocket with your name
- Launch your rocket and watch how well it flies
- Modify your rocket to test out different combinations and achieve mission success

What’s New

Version 1.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Börkman ,

Okay game

Designing the rockets is cool but when they fail it’s kinda painful, also I don’t like changing my design because of “not enough thrust”.

TADexter ,

Buggy, hard to determine goal

This images on the screen are tiny - nearly impossible to read the print. Images and controls also superimpose one over another, so hard to tell where to click. I did manage to build a rocket, but where it goes from there impossible to say. There's nothing about launching it, measuring performance, anything. It just stands there. This is super buggy and really needs to be completed before they release it. Disappointed in SI for letting out such raw beta software.

G4B3 M1N3CR4FT ,

Great game!

The white writing on white background makes it hard to read the writing, but other than that it’s a great game!

App Privacy

The developer, Smithsonian Institution, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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