Monster Machines: America's Next Big Space Launch Rocket Is A Total Beast

With its forthcoming Space Launch System, NASA hopes to send astronauts farther into space than it ever has ever before — to Mars and beyond. And when the first crew does leave to make interplanetary history, they will do so aboard these rocket engines.

The Amazing System That Tested The Most Powerful Rocket Engine Ever

A photo of the Rocketdyne F-1 rocket engine — “the most powerful single-nozzle liquid-fuelled rocket engine ever flown” — being tested at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama. Five of them powered the first stage of the Saturn V. Watch and listen to all of them being tested — in Dolby 5.1 sound. It’s amazing.

This Is The Rocket That Will Allow SpaceX's Dragon V2 To Land Anywhere

This is the SuperDraco thruster. According to SpaceX, eight of these engines will allow the Dragon V2 spaceship to land anywhere in the planet with the same accuracy of an helicopter. Here you can see it in action, during the last test of its final certification.

How To Make Bottle Rockets With Liquid Nitrogen And Water

This guy builds rockets with bottles and water, adding liquid nitrogen, turning them upside down and boom, instant propulsion: the nitrogen expands very fast on top of the warmer water, turning violently into gas and pushing the bottle up.

The World's Fastest Model Rocket Car Just Hit 458km/h

A toy car could easily break the sound barrier — or go even faster — in a kid’s spirited imagination. But back in reality it takes more than that. You need engineering, patience, and a handful of rocket model engines — all of which helped Samvir Thandi’s SST-3B-Falcon rocket hit a top speed of 462.831km/h.

If You're A NASA Engineer You Get To Play With Toys Like These

If you’re a NASA engineer, you get to play with a lot of awesome toys, like these furious mini-rockets. They are models of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage engines, “scaled down to just 2 per cent of the actual size of the flight hardware”.

How To Turn Dry Pasta Into A Rocket Engine

You may not realise it, but your kitchen is one of the most well-stocked chemistry sets you could ever hope for. And it’s not only for creating edible chemical reactions. NASA might rely on giant laboratories and factories to build its rocket engines, but all you need is a piece of pasta, a jar, some hydrogen peroxide, and a little yeast. Oh, and fire.

Someone Turned A Quadcopter Into A Flying Missile Launcher

Forget concerns over surveillance and privacy when it comes to quadcopters and drones filling the skies. A member of Flite Test — a site dedicated to custom flying creations — built a quadcopter with a built-in launch pad for firing model rockets while in flight.

A Measuring Tape For Anyone Who's Dreamed Of Blasting Off This Rock

Tools like chainsaws and nail guns are lots of fun, but measuring tapes? It’s hard to get excited about the ones that don’t involve lasers. But a measuring tape that looks like a tiny earth with an even tinier rocket that blasts off leaving a trail of inches and centimetres? You have our attention.

SpaceX Celebrates Flawless Falcon 9 Spacecraft Launch

SpaceX celebrated a flawless launch of its Falcon 9 spacecraft from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday. It delivered an SES-8 satellite into orbit without a glitch bringing the Falcon 9 one flight away from being qualified to fly missions for the US Air Force. [SpaceX via BoingBoing]