Crash and Burn! How NOT To Recover a 42 Foot Tall Half-Ton Rocket

At the FireBALLS 5 amateur and experimental rocketry gathering of "large and dangerous" rockets in Nevada, Chuck Sackett launched his pet project, named Project 463. The rocket was 42 feet tall and weight 1200 pounds. The liftoff was beautiful and the rocket soared into the sky... and then came down. Hard! Project 463 failed to deploy its parachutes and became one of the world's largest lawn darts when it plowed nose first into the desert floor. The rocket was destroyed and smashed into hundreds of bits and parts that scattered the area. The motto of this story: ALWAYS doublecheck your recovery system.

 Rocketry Club: Diego Area Rocket Team

Author spacearium
Duration 108 seconds
Rating Best

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