Category Archives: Pyrotechnics

Things that burn or go boom.

Make Your Own Sodium

For the amateur who would like to experiment with this reactive metal a pound is a rather large quantity to keep on hand or dispose of safely. Continue reading…

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Airship Hindenburg: Experimental study of the involvement of the outer covering paint (dope) in the disastrous final fire

A theory that has gained wide popular acceptance proposes that the paint on the fabric covering of the Hindenburg, rather than its highly flammable hydrogen gas, was both the source of ignition and the driving force behind the conflagration. Continue reading…

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Amateur Rocket Flies to 121K Feet

Watch this video of an amateur rocket’s flight and prepare to be impressed. Continue reading…

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Forty-Four Years Later: F-1 engine salvaged from ocean floor is from Apollo 11 rocket

Recovery of anything from three miles beneath the ocean’s surface is a significant achievement, of course, but the very rocket engines that flew humans to their first lunar landing are obviously of particular historical importance. Continue reading…

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A Rocket Lands the Way a Rocket is Supposed to Land

Grasshopper rocket. Image: wired.co.uk.

The “Grasshopper” represents the next phase of this evolution, taking off and landing the way those 1950’s sci-fi movies and comics told us was the way it should be done. Continue reading…

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Part 5 – Experimental Rocket #10 Project

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This time, we really will discuss motor selection is some detail, more about the nylon strap shock cord and installing its mount. Wow! Continue reading…

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What Exactly Was the Russian Meteor?

Russian Meteor orbit diagram. Image: NASA

When the sun rose over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, Feb. 15th, many residents of nearby Chelyabinsk already knew that a space rock was coming. Continue reading…

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A DIY Alcohol Burner for the Home Lab

Testing the burner.

Way back when, making your own alcohol burner was a common early project for a kid eager to do chemistry at home. The bottle with the wick stuck through a hole in the lid was a common site in home labs. Continue reading…

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Experimental Rocket #10 Project – Part 1

Let me first say I am a true rocketry novice. Sure, I’ve built a few rockets and a learned a lot in the last four years. Though beyond practicing the requisite safety procedures, I am certain many of you can do this work better. Continue reading…

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Fabrication of a Prototype de Laval Rocket Nozzle

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This fact sheet covers the design and details involved in fabricating a “practice” prototype rocket nozzle. Continue reading…

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