How SpaceWinder Works-Elimination of Barriers Return
- Prepares all rockets and racers in the same heat at one time.
- Four rockets are placed into individual stations on the SpaceWinder. Each rocket is connected to a single direct drive gear train. A drill then provides power to that gear train, which winds the rockets evenly at the same time.
- Reduces winding time down to seconds.
- Without the SpaceWinder, it takes racers quite a while, each at different speeds and lengths of time, to get their rockets wound. For instance, racers #1 and #2 are ready to go, waiting for #3 and #4 to wind and finish. Or racers #1, #2, and #3 are ready to go, but racer #4 accidently slipped his finger, letting the band go, and has to start again. With the SpaceWinder, all rockets are wound with the speed of a drill, so racers are ready to go within seconds!
- Ensures that all rockets are wound equally, giving them the same number of winds.
- Currently each racer manually winds their rocket, resulting in an inconsistent amount of winds per racer. For instance, racer #1 may be quick and wind his rubber band 100+ times. Racer #2 may have never done it before and winds his only 75. This gives racer #1 a clear advantage before the race even starts. Or maybe the leaders have each racer wind to 100 winds, but a few lost count along the way and they are now at 100, but with (+) or (-) 10 winds. With all rockets being wound equally by the SpaceWinder, all racers will race from a level playing field. With the time and effort racers put into preparing rockets, it is right and expected that each racer has equal opportunity.
- Eliminates cuts, bruises, and other injuries from manual winding.
- Manually winding rockets often results in injury due to racers fingers slipping off the blade during the winding process. This causes the energized blade to impact the racer. With the SpaceWinder, racers simply secure and hold the rocket blade with both hands during the winding process which eliminates the possibility of injuries.
- For safety, the SpaceWinder incorporates an overload clutch on each winder and all components are contained in the housing.