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    Looking down the barrel of my 55-pound Sledgehammer rocket as it vaults into the air with the equivalent burst of 4,000 Estes engines.

    Here is the compilation video (or HD version).

    This was lucky flight #7 for this airframe, with no damage along the way. Here are photos of the prior flights and ground shots of this flight.

    Mr Kiki, selva, scleroplex, Bill_D, and 25 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Mr Kiki 39 months ago | reply

      Superb!! :o)

    2. scleroplex 39 months ago | reply

      simply perfect :-)

    3. jurvetson 39 months ago | reply

      thanks! It was a blast!

      ignition
      Screen Shot 2012-02-08 at 10.25.43 PM

      Screen Shot 2012-02-08 at 10.24.28 PM

      Kickin' up dirt
      Screen Shot 2012-02-08 at 10.26.44 PM

      Screen Shot 2012-02-08 at 10.25.05 PM

      Screen Shot 2012-02-08 at 10.22.36 PM

      Screen Shot 2012-02-08 at 10.22.54 PM

      Launch wire
      Screen Shot 2012-02-08 at 10.27.06 PM

      Plume and shadow below... and base camp in upper left corner
      Screen Shot 2012-02-08 at 10.30.25 PM

      The last time I flew this configuration, WIRED described it as “a black rocket 7 1/2 feet long that looks like a scaled-down cross between a '60s-vintage X-15 rocket plane and a surface-to-air missile."

    4. BillS49 39 months ago | reply

      Wow, that thing threw a lot of debris, fantastic shots and a beautiful machine.

    5. jhagerty52 39 months ago | reply

      I'm suspecting that you meant "Looking down the barrel..." but somehow "Booking" works better!

    6. McPHX 39 months ago | reply

      Awesome, I can imagine the excitement when you downloaded these.

    7. solerena 39 months ago | reply

      these are great!

    8. PhilipRivard 39 months ago | reply

      What a life ! :) Those video are amazing ! ... I would love to assist to a live launch of one of this rocket ! ..

    9. Jigsaw Explorer 39 months ago | reply

      Very cool, and the video is great! Your photo will be featured on March 2, with attribution, at Jigsaw Explorer. Thank you for making the photo available via Creative Commons licensing!

    10. Mark Bonica 38 months ago | reply

      really dramatic!

    11. Darren C. 38 months ago | reply

      Really? Wow. Nice shot. -123

    12. KI6LZO 37 months ago | reply

      I see my truck! Always a pleasure to watch your launches Steve!

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