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Video-Rocket Drag Race

Rarely does a rocket drag race end up as a tie. Erik and I built identical Estes Oracle rockets and launched them at the same time on D12-5 motors. Each rocket has a video camera inside the nose cone which reflects off a 45-degree mirror to look down the shaft of the rocket (i.e., it sees the launch pad and then the receding ground during the launch). Since it was a drag race, each rocket could see the other one’s smoke trail as well.

 

I posted the video from my rocket-camera on Revver so you can see what this looks like.

 

My plan for tomorrow is to launch the Oracle… and as it is climbing, launch three bigger “chaser” rockets right at it. We’ll see how that goes…. =)

 

Unrelated, I also posted the somewhat more humorous Baking Soda & Vinegar video…

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Taken on October 15, 2005