Great Gizmo Race

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sponsored by Wildman Rocketry at LDRS27 in Argonia, Kansas.

It’s a rare treat to see them all roar off the pad at the same time, and then spiral around like Keystone Cops. The sparky green one went into a death spiral and crashed into the farm dirt near me. (Since these are all the same rocket kit, I suspect the difference in flight dynamics derive from differences in nose cone weight.)

This is one bank of rockets; there was a second bank off to the left launched at the same time.

Hondo Walker, Marcelo Savoini, and 21 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. heet_myser 80 months ago | reply

    I guess it'd be prissy of me to comment on how dangerous it all looks?

  2. jurvetson 80 months ago | reply

    heh, and from the heet myser no less! Guess what the D stands for in LDRS?...

    I'd rate this launch as a very low threat alert. BALLS takes the cake. Here is a fun little video where a rocket about my size arches up and over my head (that's Erik and me on the playa at the end of video =)

  3. heet_myser 80 months ago | reply

    I can almost hear Erik saying, "I got it! I got it! I got..." in that video. Do you just turn to each other after something like that and say, "Holy sh*t!?"

  4. jurvetson 80 months ago | reply

    yeah... and some primitive Beavis & Butthead grunts

  5. !MimosaMicheMichelle! 80 months ago | reply

    Here is a reaction from a woman's point of view. I think it is exciting to see a few go up at a time. They make a beautiful design in the photo and no doubt at all phases in the air. It reminds me that life has potential.

  6. msamaclean © 80 months ago | reply

    The multiple launch is fun! ..& love the re-entry 'scream' in the video
    Thought you might enjoy this, if you haven't seen it.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3iryBLZCOQ

  7. dankos 80 months ago | reply

    Heh... surviving a near miss also reminds you that life has potential. ;)

  8. Tomi Tapio 80 months ago | reply

    Beautiful. Wonder what this might look like as a "dark edit" or "asking the camera -1.5 EV exposure"

  9. jurvetson 80 months ago | reply

    Funny thing... that's how I took the photo, but then I bumped the brightness! I just reloaded it with the exposure back down.

    msamaclean: I had not seen that yet. thanks. I always wondered why dark matter gets such a bad rap...

  10. !MimosaMicheMichelle! 80 months ago | reply

    It looks even better and I added it as a favourite.

  11. PurPle-Xd 80 months ago | reply

    AHh, the little orage and black one.... Right in the middle....
    Failed ejection... came in ballistic at the registration booth.. (my wife and son were under it to...) I stepped out of the booth, looked up to find it...and smoke from the launch poured in (realized i would never see it).. I took 3 steps and BAM...it hit right where i had been standing....about 6 feet from my son.(which i was covering)...i would say the suckiest launch of the event...(but good pic of it...)

  12. PurPle-Xd 80 months ago | reply

    After impact it wasn't quite ""Holy sh*t!?""....
    more like "AM I HIT!?!?!?"

  13. Franks Photos - Catching Up 80 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot!
    Congratulations on Explore

  14. 1-2-3-calum 80 months ago | reply

    ha ha ha cool!!!

  15. . Mark (Leaving Flickr) [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

    Brilliant shot!

  16. Victor1 80 months ago | reply

    nice one Steve!

  17. Red Dog 3D 80 months ago | reply

    Great shot, superb timing!


    A+++ Grade Photo

  18. kostasfmx 80 months ago | reply


    A+++ Grade Photo

  19. be*curious 79 months ago | reply

    This is SO cool.

  20. megram 43 months ago | reply

    Very nice!!! I've been at LDRS30 this weekend.
    I got a fairly decent of a sparky motor drag race.

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