January 13, 2010

Tree Launch

So to all my rocket launching blogger buddies, to all you rocket scientists and wannabe rocket scientists, I give you...

Rocket Launching a Christmas Tree.

Hat tip to my buddy at work who sent this to me. (Yes, he reads and must think I am half insane... but I suspect he knew that anyway.)

And my favorite part of this video? The last 5 seconds when they are questioning whether Mom knows about it... Classic.

Posted by Boudicca at January 13, 2010 09:59 PM
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Priceless. A superb launch worthy of Mythbusters, followed by the question about Mom.

Posted by: diamond dave at January 14, 2010 08:31 AM

love it. I wonder if they are Tech students.

Posted by: morrigan at January 14, 2010 08:36 AM

The launch corpuscles are goose stepping through my brain.

We could do this...I'm gonna put a call into, your counterpart, the other Propulsion Engineer.

How pissed do think Shovel Boy would be if we put one THROUGH his roof.

Bwahahahahah...we'll have to do a little trajectory math.

Of course, we'll need to do a Feasibility Study, but I think it's doable.

Cool Runnings!

Posted by: Yabu (EOTIS) at January 14, 2010 09:46 AM

I started this on the rounds at work back on Monday. It was loved by all.

My brother had noted that they used 32 Estes D-12-0 rocket motors to launch the "tree", but (from what I remember) it looked like a square collection of motors. So the number of motors should be 36 (6x6), 49 (7x7) or 64 (8x8).

Think about what they had to do to make sure that all of the igniters fired the motors at the same time. Now that it an electrical problem.

The launch sure didn't go too high.

Posted by: The Thomas at January 14, 2010 09:58 AM

Launch didn't go too high ... but it was pretty to watch even so! I think these are a couple of Midwest farmer's kids :) Something about that environment seems to breed engineers.

Posted by: PeggyU at January 14, 2010 12:36 PM

For added hilarity, do a youtube search for the full-sized port-o-potty launch from a few years ago. It inspired Estes to release a model rocket-sized version.

Rocketeer's Rule #2 - Anything will fly if you use a big enough motor.

Posted by: Ted at January 14, 2010 12:43 PM

That was awesome - the boy's eyes are twinkling and I see motors turning behind them...

Posted by: patti at January 14, 2010 01:20 PM

I saw this over at El Capitan's place and meant to go back to watch it. It's hilarious! The end is what makes it though those last 5 seconds. I love it.

Posted by: Teresa at January 14, 2010 01:25 PM

What does this say about the friends we choose when you, El Cap and I all post this and say it reminds us of our Jawja Blown-Eyed blodging buddies?

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at January 14, 2010 04:46 PM

(Hint: "Our friends are teh awesome!")

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at January 14, 2010 04:46 PM

Priceless. I sent it to all my boys.

Posted by: Sticks at January 14, 2010 08:28 PM

Since I wasn't supposed to watch it at work, I waited until I got home to verify the number of rocket motors. My count places 3 rows of 7 (21) plus 2 rows of 6 (12) for a total of 33 motors, not the 32 reported in the video.

Didn't look exactly balanced, which may be why it took off at an angle.

Posted by: The Thomas at January 14, 2010 09:18 PM

A flying Christmas tree would be enough to give any FAA air traffic controller a shit-hemorrhage...

Posted by: Elisson at January 15, 2010 11:26 AM