Homemade rocket makes its way to space (34 Photos)

Via ddeville

  • EasternCanuck

    Dats some crazy shit right there…. the approval process to get access to do that must've been crazy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/inchegrey Matt Hoyler

      Hooray for an intelligent comment and not just a "FIRST!"

    • j22

      I hope these people just did it w/o any gov approval. Awesome innovation.

      • http://thechive.com/ GernBlansten

        While I don't normally agree with government over-regulation, I think if I happened to be riding in an airliner somewhere in that vicinity, I might not want to get punctured by one of these things…..

        • Brutal Deluxe

          I'm also glad they didn't somehow overshoot and put a hole in a satellite. But it's always heartening to see somebody achieve in an area that isn't 'most vomit by volume.'

          • bob

            given that the rocket only went maybe 100k, possibly 200k ft up, and most satellites are closer to 100 to 10000 miles up….i think they were pretty safe.

            also, no planes overfly the blackrock, and its not terribly difficult to just look up in the sky first and saying "oh hey, airplane" before launching.

            • Sadman

              The probability of hitting a moving object with a moving object at those speeds and distances with no guidance system is astronomically small.

              • yer dad


    • Maynard B.

      The model rocket governing body is called "Tripoli". There is nothing illegal about doing this per se, the FAA simply wants to be advised so that they can divert air traffic. This is usually done for the larger rocketing events the Tripoli sponsors.

    • SenorWilson

      I would have shot the mother fucker and just asked for forgiveness.

    • Dolfan0925

      Might wanna toss this in.

    • FLHomesteader

      At wha point does it stop becoming a model rocket… and start becoming a missle?

      • EasternCanuck

        So true… there doesn't need to be a warhead for it to take down a plane, sattelite, etc…

  • http://www.facebook.com/inchegrey Matt Hoyler


    BTW Chive… What was up with the 2 DAR's on 1 page yesterday?

  • scott


  • fact checker

    ok, it's cool

  • AstrOnaut

    Space Travel fail!

    • josh

      more like comment fail!

    • Short Bus All Stars

      attempt to be funny fail!

    • AstrOnaut

      More like attempt to troll win!

  • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

    Cool hobby. I'm guessing there had to be some sort of NASA stamp of approval on that thing. Right?

    • pjsupremex

      actually NASA does not control that, it is still in the hands of FAA.

    • Ha.Ha.

      NASA is no more

      • Coldzilla

        Oh really.. DO tell o.0

      • Jake

        NASA still exists, and is quite busy at work. Space programs are not dead, just the shuttle program, and that's just for now. Fairly certain Lockheed Martin already has the contract to start work on the next generation of the shuttle program.

    • Rockets are penises

      I'd say NASA got owned. (ft./cost)

  • http://www.twitter.co./lalaaface LalaaFace

    Thats wonderful!:)

  • JHarris

    I once completed a "Very Difficult" game of sudoku.

  • lfsg

    Do you have the source for that? I'd love to see some video or something

    • bMoles

      Its kind of long but totally worth it.

  • AssClown

    Cool cool, now you can go and "accidentally" send one of those into the Middle East…

  • Zedhere

    Our Nerds are better than your Nerds…

    • TheBAMFinater

      "Merica F-yeah

  • BMW

    Awesome if it's legit, but Im tempted to call bullshit. So… how'd they get it to come back and land exactly where it took off from?

    • Bobo

      i think there was a rope of something attached to the bit that landed. you can kinda see it in some of the pictures

      • volkswag63

        so they had a rope attached to the rocket the entire time? Space is about 100 kilometers from the surface of the earth. That's a lot of rope…

      • Japanese Facts.

        i would LOVE to see the thought process that went through your mind when you came to this conclusion…

    • Cooder

      It might of landed in the general area. Im guessing when they put that much into they also put a GPS locator to find it.

    • larsy87

      they're in a desert. deserts have a pretty monotonous terrain. do you see the phone in one of the first pics? its there so they know where it came down.

      but yeah, they totally machined a fake rocket just so they could post it on the interwebs and get totally cool 1337 status.

      • CORE

        I think its part of that new show call Large Dangerous Rocket Ships (?) with that hot chick from Mythbusters. Science channel

    • Zedhere

      It probably broke the Tropopause and got a little into the Stratosphere. It can come down in that same GYNORMOUS piece of land called "the desert" they were in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/KevinIreland73 Kevin Ireland

      In #8 you can see that there are four different telemetry, locating & GPS antennas. It was recovered 3 miles from the launch site. The Blackrock desert looks the same no matter where you are. There are more pictures on his site http://ddeville.com/derek/Qu8k.html.

    • thrillho

      Watch the YouTube video…the launch itself is incredible. Obviously a lot of time and effort were put into this thing. And it landed 3 miles away.

    • http://twitter.com/RndmThtz @RndmThtz

      Fuckin rockets. How do they work?

      • markie_ni

        I may be wrong, but I believe there is a fairy imprisoned inside, who steers the rocketship with magic, and they are fuelled by a potent and volatile mix of angels tears and unicorn shit.

        • Capt. Warlock

          Angel tears and Unicorn shit?!!!!! You forgot the pollywog tails bro. You'te totally gonna fail magic class. lol.

    • torc


  • Sterling Archer

    just plain fucking cool.

    • Sterling Likes Boyz

      shut it you boulder hippie

  • TomTheCameraGuy

    "Homemade" only in the home of your everyday astrophysicist…

    • Silentstatic

      with a full machine shop in the back shed…

      • yer dad

        I live in a shit 2 bedroom duplex built in 1952 and I managed to put together a full machine shop in my back shed for around 2g's. My lathe was built in 1934 and runs like a champ. Half the tools I've bartered for. If you get off the interwebs…you can do stuffs.

  • DubYA

    Well Done Gentleman!

    • DubYA

      http:// www. wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-10/10/qu8k-rocket-reaches-120000-foot

  • chicago

    HomeMADE… really – who the heck has all of the piping, lathes, circuit boards to do this. I was expecting Mythbuster's style of their Salomi rocket.

    Oh what happened to "burn-your-bra Tuesday" post? at least Hump Day post was nice with lunch

    • Muadieb

      You would be surprised what a lot of people have in their homes and garages. All it takes is some ingenuity.

    • jrey81

      supposedly burn your bra was moving to thrusdays and tan line tuesdays was going to be a thing…. i don't remember now if it happened tho… to the slide calendar!

      • chicago

        Thank you

    • dude

      Guess you would be surprised with the stuff my dad and his friends made in their shops. (osiliscopes, airplanes, Military grade dunebuggies with cadillac engines, bombs, etc.) Aircraft engineers. My wifes father invented the frickin' Microwave oven!
      It's all their ideas of fun…..not out there water-sking.

      • chicago

        Thank you.
        I have a two car garage, and hobby is wood working. My table saw, other saws/tools take up majority of the floor space when in use. Out goes the cars, complete the cabinet or whatever. Then bring cars back in. These guys seem to have dedicated their garage to rockets.
        pics #2 and #3 … clean floors, no car tire marks. Rather be water skiing… good idea

      • yer dad

        Well tell grandpa my hot pockets salute him!!!!!!!!

  • http://thechive.com/ Joe

    Here is the video… for all you who doubdt…

  • anguish

    They forgot to include the video..

    Pretty epic rocket..

    • anguish

      Doh.. Joe beat me to it.

    • doubleD

      Short version video, impressive

  • uga1

    #33 what is that on the rocket?

    • PoppinFresh

      yeah seriously, what is that? frost? or melted metal? or space mystery juice? The Thing? it's got me wondering.

      • http://www.facebook.com/KevinIreland73 Kevin Ireland

        It is melted plastic. I don't know why they used plastic instead of metal for the lens shield.

      • AtotheJ

        From looking at picture #6 it would appear it's melted plastic from the camera.

    • yup

      the outside of the gopro camera melted

      • BaJezzus

        can't be. the melting starts above it, in between the two top screw holes. Not sure what was going on there.

    • Slany

      Says on the website:

      "aeroshroud protecting the GoPro was intended to be CNC cut from aluminum but time constraints forced me to us the FDM printed plastic version which obviously melted"

    • http://thechive.com/ Joe

      It is melted plastic from the lens cover, things tend to get kinda hot when doing mach 3…

    • Goose

      it looks like rocket exsaust but im pretty sure it isnt sence the device wasnt near the rear of the rocket. probably some kind of deposits it collected upon re-entry.

  • misschris

    Well…. now I feel really unaccomplished.

    • A BiPolar Guy

      Just wait till you get older and you KNOW you are unaccomplished.

      Denial is the key – repeat – I was a good husband and father m y kids are my legacy, every contribution is essential to the whole, leaders could accomplish nothing without followers, etc.
      That and drinking heavily will get you through the long descent into darkness and death.

  • German


  • Commando00

    That's bad ass! Must have been a machinist, scientist, engineer and Best Buy salesman……

    • http://windhamselect.com Superfly

      Or maybe he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  • Stan_Dalone

    Congrats gentleman that's so cool and proves there are people out there that can do their best and match Nasa

    • Guesty

      fucking retard

      • Guesty

        I love putting myself down



    • krypto092108

      I was thinking Re Entry damage of some kind or the other…

    • Dave

      No it's space peanut

    • Max

      i think its melted metal due too the extra friction created on it during reentry

      • Max

        i was just informed by my dad that it was caused in take off not reentry, which makes sense because it had a parachute that was deployed after the engines finished

  • morebeer

    Billy Bob Thorton approves

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