RYUSEI, The Rising Dragon
The oldest stick rocket in Japan
Fig.1 The Ryusei on rising
The RYUSEI, it means "Raising Dragon" or "Shooting Star". This is the oldest rocket with over 100 years' tradition. It is said that the origin of Ryusei is a signal fire.
Ryusei is made by wooden pipe and bamboo pole. Put gunpowder into wooden pipe, it will be Ryusei engine. Fix bamboo pole to engine for stability. Install fireworks and parachutes into head part. Engine Pipe length is about 60cm and inside diameter of it is about 9cm. Length of bamboo pole is about 18m. It can achieve altitudes over 300m with white smoke and roaring sound. This situation looks like "Raising Dragon".
Fig.2 The Ryusei on rising
Fig.3 The structure of Ryusei
Reference Data: Ryusei types in Japan
From "THE ROCKETs OF JAPAN" by Youich Kuge (http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/~yoichqge/)
Fig.4 They carry Ryusei to launcher
Fig.5 They go walk in procession with the Ryusei
Fig.6 Some Ryusei was unsuccessful launch
Fig.7 Some Ryusei was unsuccessful launch
Fig.8 Head of Ryusei
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