Saturday, 28 April 2012

Homemade Rocket Reaches Space! (video)

Launched from Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Derek Deville's home-built Qu8k rocket reached an altitude of 121,000 feet (36.8 km) after 92 seconds flight ... and captured some excellent video footage along the way.
Using a custom-built launch tower, Qu8k made a safe return in a parachute descent that took another 7.5 minutes. It was fully recovered only three miles from the launch site.
Constructed from..

aluminum and measuring 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter and 167.5 inches (425 cm) in length, the Qu8k's rocket used APCP rocket propellent to give it a maximum velocity during the ascent of 3,200 ft/s (975.36 m/s).
Deville's team equipped the rocket with two timers, four GPS devices, an accelerometer, or cosmic ray detector. A couple of Go Pro Hero HD video cameras and one Flip HD camera provided detailed footage of the flight.

See the video! 

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