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2011-10-08 01:53:23 AM
OK,..that's sexy as hell.
 
2011-10-08 02:47:41 AM
awesome
 
2011-10-08 03:25:33 AM
That is so farking cool.
 
2011-10-08 03:38:31 AM
A buddy of mine and I tried to figure out a way to combine the two, ie send a balloon up to 100k ft, and then launch the rocket from there.

Unfortunately we would need liquid fuels, so that was out.
 
2011-10-08 06:43:23 AM

Teknowaffle: A buddy of mine and I tried to figure out a way to combine the two, ie send a balloon up to 100k ft, and then launch the rocket from there.

Unfortunately we would need liquid fuels, so that was out.


I imagine stabilizing the launchpad to actually able to aim a shot would be the most difficult part.
 
2011-10-08 07:41:04 AM

Teknowaffle: A buddy of mine and I tried to figure out a way to combine the two, ie send a balloon up to 100k ft, and then launch the rocket from there.

Unfortunately we would need liquid fuels, so that was out.


There's also not a huge benefit, once you incorporate rocket fuel the benefits of 'skipping' the first 100k feet isn't as much as you'd think. The main benefit that you could capitalize on is that most rocket nozzles have to be a compromise between the best design for use in the thicker atmosphere down where we are and the ultrathin atmosphere you have up at 100k feet, you could instead use one optimized for that altitude. But you could also build a 2 stage rocket.
 
2011-10-08 08:07:53 AM

hatelabs: OK,..that's sexy as hell.


A whole hearted THIS.
 
2011-10-08 08:23:52 AM
Very cool stuff. Nicely documented on their website as well.
 
2011-10-08 09:25:24 AM
I love me some amateur rocket surgery
 
2011-10-08 09:30:46 AM
So no one's gonna make fun of the name? Qu8k is not Quake. It's queightke.
 
2011-10-08 09:38:46 AM

shonday: So no one's gonna make fun of the name? Qu8k is not Quake. It's queightke.


when YOU build a better rocket, you get to make fun of its name
 
2011-10-08 09:52:58 AM
Am I the only weirdo who thought the dark spot on the right side of the camera (during the descent) looked like a woman looking out of a window...a window TO SPACE?

/also, video = awesomeness
 
2011-10-08 09:55:01 AM
Looks like they were shooting for 150,000'. Missed it by that || much but very very impressive indeed. Congratulations all the way around!
 
2011-10-08 09:59:56 AM
TWO STAGE THAT shiat, BOYS!
 
2011-10-08 10:01:31 AM
Sad that most Americans are more like "Hold this here beer while I do this.".
 
2011-10-08 10:02:10 AM
Holy crap, that was cool!
 
2011-10-08 10:05:33 AM
Nicely done, in all ways--construction, launch, and the vid.
 
2011-10-08 10:05:44 AM
3mi recovery on a 23mi flight, nice flight. I wonder how much higher it would have gone on 3 fins and a better nose cone.
 
2011-10-08 10:09:22 AM
That is so freakin' cool, it makes me want to drop out of my waste of a life and become a rocket surgeon!
 
2011-10-08 10:09:46 AM
Gotta say, though, that farker would knock the shiat out of an airliner. 121,000 feet, 25 miles... the primary burn kicked it hard enough to physically shorten the length of the rocket. Those motor types commonly don't reach peak burn until they're about 18% done. I'm sure it showed up on radar and USAF has an accurate altitude track. The truly awesome part of this isn't that they built it and launched it successfully... its that they were able to find the farker on one tank of gas.

I've had C6 hornets go quarter mile down range on still days, that's a 6 newt burn with an 50 gram weight where you use a lathe to turn the rocket body down then harden it and build directly onto the motor.

The engine they had on Qu8k would shove a pair of concrete blocks to 25,000 feet.
 
2011-10-08 10:12:21 AM
I love that commercial. Such a beautiful shot.
 
2011-10-08 10:13:10 AM

prjindigo: The truly awesome part of this isn't that they built it and launched it successfully... its that they were able to find the farker on one tank of gas.


I'd say the awesome part is that they were actually allowed to build and fly it without ending up in Guantanamo Bay.


/haven't you heard? everyone's a terrorist these days.
 
2011-10-08 10:18:51 AM
When I saw the angle from the rocket when it launched, my mind was going, "WHEEEE!"
 
2011-10-08 10:20:32 AM
Ayep. This impresses the hell out of me.

Came for the view, leaving satisfied.
 
2011-10-08 10:23:34 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: prjindigo: The truly awesome part of this isn't that they built it and launched it successfully... its that they were able to find the farker on one tank of gas.

I'd say the awesome part is that they were actually allowed to build and fly it without ending up in Guantanamo Bay.


/haven't you heard? everyone's a terrorist these days.


fyi - the gov't is trying to re-classify rocket motors (even the small ones kids fly) as explosive which would mean no shipping. If this passes, these guys would have to source up the motor from their local hobby store...
 
2011-10-08 10:24:07 AM
YOU GOT A WEATHER BALLOON WITH POINTS?!?!?
 
2011-10-08 10:24:48 AM
Man, that thing got outta here in a hurry.
 
2011-10-08 10:31:14 AM

prjindigo:

The engine they had on Qu8k would shove a pair of concrete blocks to 25,000 feet.


how long is that

piece of string?

The Bestest: shonday: So no one's gonna make fun of the name? Qu8k is not Quake. It's queightke.

when YOU build a better rocket, you get to make fun of its name


THIS
 
2011-10-08 10:51:52 AM
Wow.
 
2011-10-08 11:06:02 AM
That was unfarking real. That was extremely cool.
 
2011-10-08 11:11:54 AM
ok, that was awesome!
 
2011-10-08 11:13:18 AM
meh. how about sending a car into space!

/okay, okay.. that was cool.
 
2011-10-08 11:14:41 AM
Fake. I saw no World Turtle.

Exactly what are we supposed to believe? The Earth swims through the aether all on its own? I don't think so.
 
2011-10-08 11:14:43 AM
Wow, I never imagined you could build a rocket gantry using Superstrut®. That's pretty farkin cool all by itself. It probably took somebody a day or two just to ratchet all the little connections together.

/Superstrut® what can't it do!?
//Great job all around!
 
2011-10-08 11:18:36 AM
So, what would it take to make one of these suckers escape the earth gravity?

I want to see a hobby built ghetto voyager 3
 
2011-10-08 11:26:19 AM

The Bestest: shonday: So no one's gonna make fun of the name? Qu8k is not Quake. It's queightke.

when YOU build a better rocket, you get to make fun of its name


Yeah, and when you direct a better movie then and only then can you make fun of this!

1.bp.blogspot.com

The name is goofy. The rocket is awesome. Your nerd cred isn't damaged for separating the two.
 
2011-10-08 11:31:14 AM
Mongo impressed!
 
2011-10-08 11:34:38 AM

the opposite of charity is justice: Yeah, and when you direct a better movie then and only then can you make fun of this!


90% of the drek on youtube is better directed than that
 
2011-10-08 11:35:39 AM
and to think I'll probably sit on my fat ass all day watching college football

/thanks sub, very cool
 
2011-10-08 11:37:09 AM
Fake. They didn't 3D print it. 3D printing will change everything.
 
2011-10-08 11:43:41 AM
yadumey

hatelabs: OK,..that's sexy as hell.

A whole hearted THIS.


hell yeah.
 
2011-10-08 11:48:19 AM

The Bestest: the opposite of charity is justice: Yeah, and when you direct a better movie then and only then can you make fun of this!

90% of the drek on youtube is better directed than that


As much as I'd love to agree, as much as I wish we lived in a world that was true, no. In general Youtube makes that crappy movie appear a masterpiece.

Admit the point, the name is goofy regardless of one's rocket scientist status. I know this is Fark but why in the world are you defending "Queightke"?
 
2011-10-08 12:00:38 PM

the opposite of charity is justice: I know this is Fark but why in the world are you defending "Queightke"?


Well, I -was- gonna say something snarky to the effect that "well, I'm planning on forming a metal band called Strict-9", but a quick googling shows that.. that's already been done.
 
2011-10-08 12:06:36 PM
Think of all the poor people that could have been helped with all the money spent on this project.

These guys are just greedy.
 
2011-10-08 12:13:09 PM
Why not use balloons and a rocket? When the balloon reaches its limit the rocket kicks in and voila?
 
2011-10-08 12:13:16 PM

mc6809e: Think of all the poor people that could have been helped with all the money spent on this project.

These guys are just greedy.


Almost as awesome as the video.
 
2011-10-08 12:19:12 PM

ApeShaft: Why not use balloons and a rocket? When the balloon reaches its limit the rocket kicks in and voila?


Biggest problem is that the rocket most likely would not be pointed in the correct direction you want it to be when the rocket motor kicks in. It would require on hand guidance or a very sophisticated computer system to ensure it went in the direction you want. Either way, too expensive and too heavy for a non NASA type launch.
 
2011-10-08 12:20:18 PM
Kind of makes you realize we're not that far away from space at all. farking cool.
 
2011-10-08 12:26:47 PM

shonday: So no one's gonna make fun of the name? Qu8k is not Quake. It's queightke.


I was going to make fun of the name - if you have to explain how to pronounce your clever name by spelling it correctly, then it's not clever, just douchey.

Still, awesome rocket and video.
 
2011-10-08 12:31:08 PM

andrewskdr: Kind of makes you realize we're not that far away from space at all. farking cool.


You are probably closer to space than the next town over. Think about that for a second.
 
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