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V2 Big Bada Boom | by jurvetson
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V2 Big Bada Boom

From the Valentine’s Day launch – burning love & rockets!


It was a perfect launch day. A film crew from Discovery Channel was shooting a special “When Rockets Go Wrong” (which just so happens to be the title of my TED talk from 2007).


They did a mockup of a A4 (V2 precursor) for their example. It was about 18’ tall and fabricated out of aluminum. They had it rigged to begin lifting off, tip over and explode on its side on the pad.


Photo by Rick Dickinson (and please note that this spectacle was not part of the ROC launch events); prelaunch shot of the V2 below.


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Taken on February 14, 2009