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]

Watch A SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Make Another Launch Attempt

The original launch of SpaceX’s redesigned Falcon 9 rocket was planned for just a few days ago on Monday — but that mission was scrubbed at the last minute due to a technical glitch. It was sad for those who tuned in at the beginning of the week to watch the livestream, but the good news is that right now SpaceX is making another attempt with a 65-minute launch window that started at 5:39pm EST.

Make Matches Into Mini Missiles Using Common Household Junk

Wile E. Coyote always used matches to light his ACME rockets. He wasted a lot of money. Turns out, you can cut out the middleman and use matches to make your own tiny rockets. Just don’t try to ride them.

Watch All 13 Saturn V Rocket Launches In One Jaw-Dropping Video

The Saturn V is the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket humans have ever built. In 13 missions, it took 24 astronauts beyond earth’s orbit, including all 12 who ever set foot on the moon, without a single loss of life. Watch in awe as its entire career launches before you.

A First-Person Account Of Debugging A Live Saturn V Rocket

We all have stories, as engineers, of fixing some crazy thing at the last minute right before the demo goes up. We have all encountered situations where we needed to fix something that was our fault and we needed to fix it now.