What being strapped to a rocket launch looks like (hint: awesome)

This is just awesome. A camera was strapped onto a GoFast 2014 rocket—an amateur rocket that set the record for highest and fastest rocket ever launched into space—so that we can see the entire launch from the rockets point of view. The initial burst and thrust into the air is epic and then the world starts spinning… » 2/24/15 9:33pm 2/24/15 9:33pm

What it's like being inside an artist's sketch book

I'm imagining this animation by Minhyuk Jang called Rocketboy as a glimpse into the note book from the kid in the back of the classroom. It's a little dark mixed with a lot of imagination and is sketched in a way that reminds me of those outside of the margins doodles that we all made. Only this time, they're moving… » 1/03/15 6:54am 1/03/15 6:54am

Crazy spinning giant Thai rocket is the awesomest thing

I don't really know what's going on in this video: It starts out with a group of people gathered around an object which then cuts to people fleeing the circle because mad men are lighting the object which then turns into a thick smoke monster threatening Earth and then out pops the coolest rocket thing ever,… » 12/26/14 9:42pm 12/26/14 9:42pm

Every Ship That Has Carried Humans Into Space, In One Chart

Space is big, humans are small, and spacecrafts, well, vary more in size than you might think. Redditor Heaney555 has compiled an a chart, to scale, of every rocket, spacecraft, and space station involved in human spaceflight. And man, Saturn V is huuuuuuuge—it's as long as the whole International Space Station. » 12/01/14 4:00pm 12/01/14 4:00pm

The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way NASA Decides When to Blow Up a Rocket

When the Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday night, NASA was able to account for all its employees very quickly after the failure thanks to a clearly very well-practiced protocol. The launch gave us a peek into the processes that dictate every rocket launch, and one of them was particularly… » 10/30/14 5:15pm 10/30/14 5:15pm

World's Most Badass GoPro Doesn't Even Blink at Up-Close Rocket Testing

When it comes to punishing GoPros, Copenhagen Suborbitals definitely takes the cake: The experimental rocket-building startup mounted an action cam right in the line of (literal) fire during a rocket test. Astoundingly, the thing survived. It's been to hell and back, and it has the video to prove it. » 8/30/14 9:45am 8/30/14 9:45am

The amazing system that tested the most powerful rocket engine ever

A photo of the Rocketdyne F-1 rocket engine—"the most powerful single-nozzle liquid-fueled rocket engine ever flown"—being tested at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama. Five of them powered the first stage of the Saturn V. Watch and listen to all of them being tested—in Dolby 5.1 sound. It's amazing. » 7/18/14 3:34am 7/18/14 3:34am

The Inside Story of the Crazy Rocket Research at Jet Propulsion Labs

Everybody knows the cowboy reputation associated with early astronauts, the test-pilot swagger immortalized by Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff. But the rockets that took those astronauts to space were built by a group with an equally cinematic image: the nearly-unhinged, completely unfettered mad scientists at Jet… » 3/29/14 8:00pm 3/29/14 8:00pm

The World's Fastest Model Rocket Car Just Hit 285 mph

A toy car could easily break the sound barrier—or go even faster—in a kid's spirited imagination. But back in reality it takes more than that. You need engineering, patience, and a handful of rocket model engines—all of which helped Samvir Thandi's SST-3B-Falcon rocket hit a top speed of 287.59 mph. » 3/19/14 2:20pm 3/19/14 2:20pm