Amateur Rocket Launch Reaches 121,000 Feet (Video)

To get a rough idea of scale, the U.S. government considers anyone who travels 264,000 feet above the Earth as an astronaut. So, this rocket did pretty good for a backyard project. The video is more telling:

Led by Derek Deville, the rocketeers launched their custom-built 26 ft. (8 meter) Qu8k (pronounced “Quake”) rocket on September 30, 2011 from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It reached an altitude of 121,000 feet (36,880 meter) in 92 seconds, at speeds of 2,185 mph (3,516 km/h).

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4 Responses to Amateur Rocket Launch Reaches 121,000 Feet (Video)

  1. Saunderson Ant October 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    THAT (!) Is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.. go Guys. Not very scientific input but hey …

  2. Saunderson Ant October 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    THAT (!) Is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.. go Guys. Not very scientific input but hey …

  3. STATIC1985 October 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    what the hell, why did they cut out the 80 seconds. That’s the best part.
    did they see something on the way up they were not suppose to?

  4. STATIC1985 October 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    what the hell, why did they cut out the 80 seconds. That’s the best part.
    did they see something on the way up they were not suppose to?

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