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This flight went wildly unstable… just as I predicted on GeekDad…. but I had to give it a try. =)

“Flower Power” (R.I.P.) was a mélange of three rocket kits, with altimeter nosecone, and festooned with flower stickers. This flight added a D12-0 with booster fins, taped to a D12-0, taped to a E9-8.... Each motor ignites the next at burnout.

Soon after liftoff, it went into an upward spiral, but when the booster fins on the first stage fell away with a burst of blue smoke, it started to wildly flip about overhead (cue Devo: Whip it Good… Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth).

When the weight of the second booster stage fell away, the E9-rocket combo finally stabilized, but the random walk left it pointing down... So it hit maximum acceleration in a straight zoom back at us.

It landed about 15 ft. from the pad, a lawn dart under thrust.

DNSF David Newman, Joie de Vivre, and 84 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Tripod Ape 96 months ago | reply

    You crazy guys!

    A+++ Grade Photo

  2. Damgaard, (TheObsessivePhotographer.com) 96 months ago | reply

    Really cool!

    Absolutely A Super A+++ Photo!

  3. Chris[topher] Lin 96 months ago | reply

    Great title for the path of the rocket. Better luck next time!

    Seen in a discussion of Scientist Photographers. (?)

  4. Orange_Wedge 96 months ago | reply

    Are there events in the UK or EU that I could attend? A quick search with rocketeer rocket club uk london, keywords was unfruitful. An association or keyword suggestion? Cheers in advance.

  5. jurvetson 96 months ago | reply

    Thanks y'all.

    Wedgie-orangé: I asked major Tom, and he was helpful, as always. Here are the UK high power contacts:

    Tripoli English Midlands(116)
    449 LUTON RD
    44 1582 713765

    Tripoli United Kingdom(108)
    44 20 77381544

  6. flattop341 93 months ago | reply

    Ouch! I bet that hurt!

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  7. Camerist Obscured 88 months ago | reply

    Hard Hat Photography!

  8. knightoyo 86 months ago | reply

    awesome shot

    I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

  9. B℮n 86 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

  10. HE~GOES 86 months ago | reply

    Great shot!

  11. senzapareti_01 86 months ago | reply

    How many attendants did it kill ? ;-)

  12. tschaus 81 months ago | reply

    great shot! i once converted a plastic model to a rocket with similar results.

  13. MysteryStevenson1 80 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Anti Gravity, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  14. Aurelien Moulet 77 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot!

  15. alex_inside 62 months ago | reply

    This is realy kewl!

  16. solerena 38 months ago | reply

    Ops, predict it the right way next time around:-)

  17. solerena 38 months ago | reply

    Or i take it back: failure is truly beautiful here! Go figure.

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