Rockets 101 – How to turn during flight ?
To be able to control is what distinguishes a toy rocket from a real one. And it is of quintessence to be able to channel the rocket’s direction. To be able to fly is cool, but you what is ever more cool, to be able to pinpoint the destination and its trajectory.
In most modern rockets, this is accomplished by a system known as Gimbaled Thrust.
In a gimbaled thrust system, the exhaust nozzle of the rocket can be swiveled from side to side. As the nozzle is moved, the direction of the thrust is changed relative to the center of gravity of the rocket and a torque is generated. As a result, the rocket changes direction. After necessary corrections are made, the exhaust nozzle is brought back to its initial state.
The angle by which the rocket’s nozzle swivels is known as the Gimbaled Angle.
Up, Up and Away!