Rocketry Videos

Videos / Flights / Failures
A Large Rocket Crashes at Springfest (2009-05-12)
Two very large rockets drag race at the Springfest rocket launch. One has a motor failure and dives into the lakebed under power. Jean Dry Lake, Nevada [View]
Black Rock Desert rocket catos, 2002-2005 (2007-03-26)
These are rocket catos at launch meetings of Aeropac in the years 2002, 2004, and 2005. [View]
Brian's Brodersen's "No Surrender" Hypertek CATO (2010-04-25)
Brian's "No Surrender" rocket was supposed to launch on a Hypertek M1010FX hybrid. After nitrous fill, ignition failed and only a white flash was seen. The motor CATO'd on the second fire attempt, ... [View]
ekomS ekiN (2012-07-16)
My ekomS ekiN (Nike Smoke in reverse colors). Sorta flying on a CTI K740 C-star. About 300 feet up the thrust ring on our adapter gave up, and the motor slid about a foot up into the airframe, ... [View]
Impressive CATO - CIMG5749 (2011-04-14)
An impressive CATO at Red Glare X - note the visual example of inertia here. The CATO nearly STOPS the motor casing dead in its tracks but inertia keeps the rocket bottom half moving forward sliding ... [View]
L3 or Shred - Sam's NAR L3 Certification Attempt (2012-03-08)
Flight of Sam's Gizmo XL on a CTI M2250 and the resulting CATO (catastrophic motor failure). The motor failed due to a weak liner which caused the aft (nozzle) end of the casing to burn through. The ... [View]
L3 rocket cato (2010-05-31)
Cato of my L3 rocket on a K1440 White Thunder motor from CTI [View]
Level 1 Certification Failure (2010-10-11)
My level 1 certification. Madcow Patriot. I ran it on an H-180. But the spacer i borrowed from someone was faulty and didn't hold the motor in place. In turn, the motor shot right through the top ... [View]
Little Indian N10000 Vmax CATO (2010-05-02)
A minimum diameter carbon fiber rocket on an N10000 Vmax motor. Launched on April 18, 2010 at the Three Oaks launch held by the Team 1 rocket club. It had a spectacular CATO about 500 feet in the ... [View]
M4770 CATO - Intimidator-5 (2010-06-07)
Performance Rocketry Intimidator-5 flying with an M4770 which CATO's right after lift-off. Fincan and payload section recovered, rocket will fly again. [View]
Michael Koppelman's rocket on a I357! (2009-07-15)
Michael Koppelman's rocket on a AT I357. The main chute never deployed and it landed hard. Didn't look like it got any damage though. Hopefully Michael will post a update here on the result. [View]
Nike Smoke (2008-09-04)
This Nike Smoke rocket fired at Midwest Power V - 2007 failed to light all 5 solid rocket motors. The failure was quite a sight to see, especially from only a few hundred yards away. "Eric and ... [View]
Onboard a 2 Stage Rocket Disaster (2010-09-11)
After booster seperation I had an event. Apogee charge fired fractions of a second before sustainer ignition. [View]'s Rockets Gone Wild (2014-09-07)
A collection of video of things going a bit wrong at local rocket launches in Central Florida. Includes footage from NEFAR, ROCK, and TTRA launches. Thanks to our safety codes, no one was hurt ... [View]
Red Glare 8 MDRA VIII 2010 - CATO in Slow Motion - 240FPS (2010-04-20)
Red Glare 8 - MDRA Launch - V2 CATO in slow motion [View]
Rocket almost crashes , caused by this strange lizard?? (2009-06-01)
This rocket was just flown a few days prior without any problems. As soon as it launched, however, it was evident that something was definitely wrong with the fins, they were not providing proper ... [View]
Three rocket launches (2009-09-20)
3 model rockets. First one catches fire. Second one fly to about 150 feet in the air. Third one even better flies straight up to about 250 feet plus [View]
Just another rocket cato (2009-11-12)
Just another oops at the field. [View]
ESL 78 Kevin's V-2 CATO (2006-07-02)
In spite of rainy weather, Eastern Shore Launch #78 was held November 12-13, 2004, on Higgs farm in Price, Maryland. The launch was hosted by the Maryland / Delaware Rocketry Association (MDRA). ... [View]
P rocket motor CATO at BALLS (2009-05-12)
A 6 inch diameter "P" solid fueled rocket motor has a Catastrophic Failure at Takeoff (CATO) at the BALLS launch Black Rock Desert, Nevada [View]
Rocket CATO (2006-05-13)
14 foot amateur rockets still use formulas generated by rocket scientists from more than 70 years ago. Break the rules of physics and pay the price. This is just one CATO from LDRS 23 in Geneseo NY, ... [View]
NERRF2 Rocket motor problems (2006-06-28)
It was our day in the pickle barrel as the rocket motor gasses leaked from the forward end of the motor pushing the payload section off at high speed. The booster continued on, both sections landed ... [View]
Sugar Motor Drag Race (CATO) (2008-03-03)
Jimmy Yawn and Marc Slabbinck drag race two sugar-motor rockets at the NEFAR launch on February 9, 2008. [View]
2008-06-07 ROCK Launch High-Speed Videos (2008-06-28)
Videos from ROCK's June launch recorded in high-speed. [View]
2012 3-3 FAR Activities: Sugar motors, Recovery ejection test and a CATO (2012-03-05)
Paul Avery static tested three 38mm single use sugar motors, all successful. Hal Duffy did the first test of the drogue chute piston ejection as part of the recovery system being designed for the ... [View]
Blown Nozzle on rocket at LDRS X (2006-10-27)
This launch attempt occurred at LDRS X in 1991, at the Black Rock desert in Nevada. It looks like the nozzle blew out on the motor, so a lot of thrust is lost. [View]
HS240 - Johns Rocket Delta cato 07-11-10 (2010-11-07)
John's hybrid rocket glider suffering a cato at EARS Rocket Club Meeting on 7th November 2010 - filmed on Fuji HS10 camera at 240fps [View]
Yellow Jacket Land Shark (2010-07-12)
Tom's rocket, Pale Rider, on a Yellow Jacket L778. The motor burns, stops, and then resumes several times, falling to the ground before final burnout. [View]
High Power Rocket. 54mm diameter Rocket Shred (2007-01-07)
This is the flight of my 54mm rocket on a Aerotech K1100 Blue Thunder motor. The rocket shreds at Mach 1.5 [View]
Aerotech Initiator CATO (2008-04-23)
O-ring fails on Aerotech Initiator with loaded "G" engine. [View]
NSL 03 Rocket launch mess (2007-01-21)
There are a lot of ways for rockets to fail, here's another. The dreaded blown forward closure. It pretty much fries the inside of the rocket [View]
Model Rocket Launch from R/C Boat -- crashes and burns (2007-08-03)
This scratchbuilt recoverable rocket fires from the deck of the 40-inch RC destroyer "702" -- and has a problem. Rocket almost crashes into cameraman, who catches a few frames of the engine smoking ... [View]
Rocket Launch Explosion (2006-04-05)
The failed launch of my first high-power rocket. After the launch, I found out that the o-rings in motor burned through, and hot gasses shot up through my rocket. This not only set fire to the lower ... [View]
EMRR contest rocket second try (2006-10-01)
Model rocket designed and built for an online contest from a picture. This the second flight attempt with 2-C6-5 and 2- C6-0 engines [View]
Estes Bomarc Clone at CMASS 11-5-11 (2011-11-06)
Estes Bomarc Clone at CMASS rocket launch 11-5-11 I forgot to put in nose weight so it did a big 20ft loop and plowed into the ground. Some damage, but repairable. [View]
High Power Rocket Fail (2011-01-10)
A teen attempts his Junior Level 1 High Power Rocketry Certification on a Loc IV with a H-123-W motor to 2,000 feet at Snow Ranch, California on 1/8/11. The nose cone and parachute separated from ... [View]
Tom L370 cato (2012-12-04)
Very short flight and destruction of my 54 mm saucer. The single use motor blew off the rear end. The nozzle and the casing rear had the tape thrust ring intact. [View]
Great Rocket Launch with wild ending (2007-02-01)
Rocket goes up and lands back down on the ground,,,,about 3 inches into the ground [View]
09_igniter (2011-12-11)
Second flight attempt of Tank Girl. You can clearly see and hear the igniter blowing out of the motor. The motor was an I245 Mojave Green. SARG launch, 12/10/11. [View]
2 trees 1-16-10.avi (2010-01-17)
The test launch of my tree, motor mount broke [View]
2008-06-14 NEFAR - Big Daddy Akavish CATO (2008-06-29)
A CATO pops the head off the Big Daddy Akavish at the June, 2008, NEFAR launch. [View]
Aerotech Mustang CATO Ground Level and onboard video (2013-01-02)
Delay charge of a CTI G80 fails and the rocket deploys early. Little damage to the rocket other than cosmetic. It needs a new paint job anyway. [View]
Another One Bites The Dust with Rockets..wmv (2011-05-08)
On board rocket videos of rocket malfunctions such as separations and failure of parachutes to fully deploy. Many rockets are high powered and reach high altitudes. No persons were injured and no ... [View]
BBVA and Catos (2010-11-09)
Fun with rockets. When the Black Brant catoed it blew out the nozzle and sent two fireballs whizzing past my head. The second E9 cato in Jerome's rocket blew out the top of the motor and the grain ... [View]
Beer Keg Rocket Crashes at BALLS 2011 (2011-10-03)
A large rocket with a keg of beer as a payload crashes at the BALLS 2011 Rocket Launch, Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Nobody was hurt and the keg of beer survived. [View]
Big Model Rocket Explosion At Launch - CATO (2011-09-26)
PML Mini-BBX and Terrier Booster model rocket Catastrophic At Take Off. [View]
Blue Phenix CATO during a drag race (2010-10-18)
Aerotech J575FJ over pressurized and blew! [View]
CATO (2008-03-11)
Catastrophic rocket flight [View]
CATO at Metra (2010-06-12)
An M powered rocket CATOs at METRA. [View]
CATO at Winchester, IN (2011-11-26)
CATO of a rocket at SCAM Launch in Winchester, IN [View]
CATO during the maiden launch of my Estes Hi-Flier (2011-10-01)
my newly built Estes Hi-Flier experienced a CATO (Catastrophe At Take Off) on its maiden flight. The reason was the failures of the CA Gel adhesion between 2 of the laser cut balsa fins and the ... [View]
Daisuke Sakais 4 inch project failure at XPRS 2010 M1315 (2010-10-24)
Video by James Lloyd. Bluetube coupler failure leads to flight failure. XPRS2010 [View]
DoubleSShot BPS rocket motor test (2012-05-08)
Static test of the Aft section of the DoubleSShot BPS rocket motor on May 5th, 2012 at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry site in the Mojave Desert of California. Approximately 85 pounds (38 kg) of ... [View]
e15-cato.mpeg4 (2011-07-13)
CATO of a 20+ year old E15-8, in slow-motion, at dusk. 3 of the 4 motors we had died like this; one worked perfectly and the rocket went really high, higher than with an E9. [View]
Estes Eagle CATO (2008-05-04)
An Estes motor CATO is captured at 1200 fps in this high-speed video. [View]
Estes Space Ship One Launch And Crash (2008-02-12)
Launching Brett's Space Ship One. J.H.G. would not be proud of this flight. But it sure looked great. Alma College, Michigan [View]
Estes V2 F30-4FJ CATO (2012-12-03)
The first (and last) flight of my modified Estes Maxi Brute V2 on an AeroTech F30-4FJ. The motor blew it's forward closure as the rocket moved up the launch rod and then proceeded to torch and melt ... [View]
Fat Boy CATO Flights (2010-03-20)
Attempted C11-3 flights of a modified Estes Fat Boy model rocket with onboard video camera. Both flights ended early with a motor malfunction. [View]
High speed video (1000 FPS) of an Aerotech D21 CATO (2010-09-09)
Aerotech D21 in a Quest Starhawk. A 2nd attempt was successful. [View]
Honest John CATO (2011-09-11)
Freedom Launch - Brent's Honest John cato. [View]
Keychain camera rocket tragedy (2011-06-08)
WARNING!! Once you get past the launch, there is very little rocketry content in this video, and lots of hanging around, swingin' in the breeze content. I come up to take a bow and wave to the ... [View]
Large Rocket Launches, then CATO (2011-05-01)
Recorded on May 2, 2011 using a Flip Video camcorder. [View]
M2250 C-Star CATO (2012-03-05)
This is my rocket, but the video was taken by adfgfds. It can also be seen on his youtube channel. [View]
Nike Hercules on-board video (2011-06-12)
2 stage Nike Hercules. 4 x f32 motors in booster. 1 F39 in sustainer. Only two of the F32 motors lit. The rocket cocked sideways, came in ballistic. The staging worked. Heavy damage. [View]
Oracle - G80 Cato (2010-08-16)
Gus Piepenburg's Oracle rocket on an Aerotech G80T at Tripoli Indiana's August 2010 launch. The motor blew by at liftoff. [View]
Proton M Flight at Plaster Blaster 9 (2010-11-14)
L aunch and unhappy ending.. [View]
Quest Zenith CATO 2, B6-0, B6-4 (2011-08-15)
Our second two stage attempt with this rocket, again the second stage went completely unstable. [View]
Rocket CATO (2007-09-17)
Model rocket CATOstrophic launch. The Silver Comet is an Estes Retro kit. Looks wonderful. But not when the motor blows up inside! At least the second flight was ok later on. www.calvertfilm ... [View]
Skywriting (2013-09-29)
Doing some skywriting with the sticker rocket on a D10-7 (Way to long of a delay), two other rockets as well, though I did not get rocket cam footage from the last rocket. [View]
Spool rocket (2012-12-01)
My homemade spool rocket flying at Tripoli Central California's November 2012 launch on a Cesaroni 38mm 1G G79 Smokey Sam [View]
Starfighter at LDRS 29 (2010-12-11)
Starfighter rocket at LDRS 29 has chute failure [View]
Super DX3 CTI Over-pressure CATO (2013-08-11)
Launch of a Madcow Super DX3 on August 10, 2013 at the Tri-Cities Rocketeers club launch (Pasco, WA), Cesaroni motor. Motor burns normally, then extinguishes, then over-pressures blowing out the ... [View]
The Spool Crash - Slow Motion (2010-06-07)
The Video Say's it all... Scott [View]
V2 at freedom launch (2009-09-09)
ouch, but what a show, CATOed the (2) outside "M" motor and flew on just a "O" motor [View]
Veeger - Aerotech K540W - CATO (2011-05-12)
A scratch-built model rocket named 'Veeger' from the Star Trek 1 movie. It flew on a Aerotech K540W which CATOed not long after leaving the pad. Flight occurred as part of the Muskegon Michigan ... [View]
Model Rocket Misfire (0000-00-00)
video of both rockets failing to fly well and going on a spastic spiral towards earth. in the first one the entire motor shot out just before it hit the ground [View]
model rocket launch gone wrong (2008-06-05)
Half way into the flight it starts spinning. [View]
Rick's LDRS 23 Rocket shred (2006-11-23)
Rick's chinese Long March did what chinese Long Marches's why we love from wally world ;-) [View]
Launch and crash of an original ESTES X-Wing fighter. [View]
150 mm (6") sugar rocket CATO (2018-04-24)
150 mm KNSU sucrose rocket motor launch. Motor failed at the bulkhead resulting in a CATO. Friends of Amateur Rocketry test facility, Mojave Desert. [View]
3/4 scale Nike Rocket launch, Balls 2017 (2017-09-25)
Balls 2017 Rocket Launch is an annual event where research rockets are launched in the Black Rock Desert, NV. Here is a 3/4 scale Nike rocket launch that did not go well. O motor, 11.5" in diameter, ... [View]
Aces High-O10,000 cato (2012-08-05)
This catoed on Friday at hellfire 17. It was really too bad. I had never seen a motor even close to that size. [View]
Aerotech DMS L-1000 Casing Failure (2017-06-27)
Aerotech DMS L-1000 Casing Failure in 25# 7' tall scratch built Redstone missile at NXRS 2017 Seventh flight for this rocket and third flight on L-1000 motors. This was a new version of the L-1000 ... [View]
Aerotech G-Force Final Flight (2017-01-02)
3rd and final flight, the ejection charge failed to deploy the chute and in she went [View]
All My Rockets That Didn't Work (2020-06-13)
Here's another fun tip, don't launch in a small urban space like those first few flights...  [View]
Balls 2017 Video (2017-09-30)
This video is from an unsuccessful three stage flight rocket at Balls (September 2017). [View]
Big Model Rocket Crash (2017-02-01)
You can see at liftoff one of the motors venting out the side, which led to asymmetric thrust, then corkscrewed flight, and finally departure.  [View]
Big Nuke 3D blowout with CTI J595 (2018-06-02)
Labelle, FL, 2 June 2018 - Apparently the plastic rear closure failed and the motor went upward through the airframe and struck the av-bay bulkhead. [View]
Blue Phoenix Crash (2016-12-07)
Tragic crash of my prized Blue Phoenix high power rocket on its 4th flight, December 3, 2016. A failure of the Aerotech I500 disposable motor's built in thrust ring allowed the motor to shoot up ... [View]
Bulldog N10,000 (2012-08-06)
Flown at hellfire 16. Instability was supposedly caused my a fin failure early in the boost. [View]
Confusing Rocket Flight (2011-06-15)
This is a video of my unsuccessful level 2 certification flight. Specs: -72 in x 3 in -about 4 lbs -CG at 45 in -CP at 58 in -Cesaroni J285 -15 second delay on J285 for drogue chute -simmed to 5000 ... [View]
Construction, CATO, & Launch of an Insane Estes Interceptor Build (2015-03-16)
This outlines the construction and launch of a very detailed build of the original scale Estes Interceptor. I over-sized the motor mount to handle E motors. To offset the weight of the motor, I had ... [View]
Death of a Goblin (2006-08-13)
A Polecat Goblin dies a horrible death [View]
Double Trouble CATO at URRG 9-23-17 (2017-09-29)
Two stage high power rocket failure at URRG launch at Potter NY on 9-23-17. Failure of the front bulkhead in a 38mm CTI motor led to a catastrophic air frame failure of my Madcow/RW Double Shot. [View]
Epic Pinwheel of Fire at LDRS (2018-05-25)
Evoking the "D" of LDRS this morning (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships), the annual rocketry event hosted by Tripoli Central California this year. We had a perfect launch to 14K ft., won a Crayon Rocket ... [View]
Erik's Two-Stage Rocket at Snow Ranch (2011-04-04)
A booster CATO pops the upper stage up, which then lights perfectly.  [View]
Estes Dude rocket crashes at takeoff (2014-11-19)
Estes Dude balloon rocket crashes on take-off. It was flying on an D12-3 engine. Apparently sparks from the engine melted holes in the balloon deflating it. The rocket had flown fine before this ... [View]
Estes Magnum CATO (2016-04-23)
Sadly another Magnum bites the dust. The C11-0 booster blew up, ignited the upper stage motor while blasting it up into the upper body tube, which continued burning inside and lit the tube on fire. ... [View]
Estes Model Rocket Explosion (2014-07-06)
An E9-6 motor blew up inside my model rocket just after launch. The nozzle and ejection charge were blown out of either end of the motor. A second motor from the same 3-pack also exploded. I did not ... [View]
Estes Model Rocket Flights Including a D12-3 CATO (2020-01-06)
Description: Launch of Estes Crossfire, Amazon, Patriot, Centuri, and Mean Machine. The Mean Machine suffered a CATO when the D12-3 exploded at launch. [View]
Estes Oracle Model Rocket Fail, Parachute blew off from shockcord (2014-03-17)
Took me about two hours to fnd this rocket in the desert because it just keep going after the parachute violently seperated. Video failed from hard hit on impact! [View]
Estes Shuttle - Assembly and Launch (Explorer 1 - A Beautiful Failure) (2016-08-27)
A custom 3 camera, telemetry system Estes #7246 Shuttle is shown in photo slide show with the launch video shown at the end. Failure apparently is an option. Why didn't someone remind me that the ... [View]
Fail Estes The Dude model rocket launch with F-39 (2015-01-25)
This rocket normally takes a D12-3, it folded in half and blew of the panels from two fins. Too much power inflatable rocket. Was fun! [View]
FL2010 Night Launch: Berl's Spool (2010-09-07)
At the night launch of the Freedom Launch '010, Berl Finklestein flew his Spool on a J-180. it sported a taped on flashlight and a blinking light under the cap. as you can see, it didn't go off as ... [View]
High Power Rocket Booster Becomes Whistling Lawn Dart! (2019-07-16)
Airstart 1 is a two stage high power rocket. Booster stage Aerotech I200 and sustainer stage G80. Sustainer failed to igniter- airstart timer failure. Booster stage ejection charge failed, and ... [View]
High Power Rocket Explosion at CATO Launch Event Oct 19, 2019 (2019-10-21)
This is my latest scratch-built rocket that I named “High Hopes”. It’s 7 feet tall and 7.5 inches in diameter. It weighs just 3.3 Lbs with motor. It’s made of light-weight ... [View]
High Power Rocket Freefalls From 1,500 Feet! (2018-10-16)
Scratch-built from 2" diameter mailing tubes, "Air Mail" is 53" tall and weighs 23 ounces. G80-10 Blue Thunder Aerotech single use motor. Homemade 10" mylar drogue chute broke and fouled the main ... [View]
High Power Rocket Launch Leads to RUD (2019-02-24)
The rocket had a Rapid Unplanned Disassembly shortly after take-off, most likely due to a motor assembly error. Filmed during the ARGOS club launch on February 23rd, 2019. [View]
James Ranch Rockets 20171217 with Estes E9-6 CATO (2017-12-18)
Launching rockets north of Durango with the local TARC and FNL teams. The CATO was with an Estes E9-6 in a Madcow Mini Patriot. The Ventris with the GoPro had an Apogee of 1022' on an Aerotech G53. [View]
John Clifton O4400 Spool cato (2014-08-31)
John Clifton's unfortunate tragedy. He'll get her next time! [View]
John N Spool (2014-02-24)
John Clifton's largest spool on a 98/15360 research motor. Nozzle broke, result not as planned. [View]
Large Cow Rocket P-12,000 LDRS 22 July 2003 (2012-12-29)
Neil McGilvray's "Udder Madness", 500lbs, P-12,000, July 2003 Argonia, KS [View]
LDRS 38 - 27-ft-tall O-to-P two-stage rocket by Tim Lehr (2019-09-02)
On Saturday, August 31, 2019, at LDRS 38 on the rocket pasture in Argonia, KS, "Wildman" Tim Lehr attempted his ambitious O9400 to P8000 two-stager with a 27-foot-tall rocket. A forward O-ring ... [View]
LOC Expediter High Power Rocket (2016-03-20)
Maiden flight on a CTI I223 Skidmark. Motor ejection failed to ignite and she came in ballistic. Almost a total loss. [View]
Madcow Frenzy Massive CATO (2019-07-14)
Forward motor closure failed, blowing the top half of the motor straight up through the body of the rocket. Rocket survived very well, other than the av bay bulkheads it is still structurally sound. ... [View]
Mark Wise L1 Cert Attempt ICBM Launch (2013-11-07)
Mark Wise attempts to certify Level 1 at Naram. A little background is needed for this video to make sense. We use all kinds of adhesives (glue) to build our rockets. two of the most common are CA ... [View]
Mean Machine Shred (2019-11-22)
We tried to push my dad's 21 ft Mean Machine upscale past mach and 12000 ft on an N2220 Dark Matter motor. The result was an epic shred and some amazing video. We were also trying out our new tower ... [View]
Model Rocket Launch FAIL...Keep Watching! (2013-01-27)
After a full day of assembling our rockets, it was time for the launch! FAIL...But, keep watching [View]
Monocopter at Dusk (2006-05-20)
The disassembly of the world's first hybrid rocket monocopter at dusk. The Carbon Fiber machine broke in half from the extreme centrifugal force aided by the freeze of the sub -50 degree nitrous ... [View]
More Model Rocket Crashes, Close Calls, and CATOs (2019-04-03)
I never expected my previous rocket crash video to get the response and views that it did; thank you! Here is the crash compilation from the launches I attended in 2018.  [View]
My Estes Mammoth Disaster (2018-03-19)
I flew my Estes Mammoth at for the first time at Bridgeton Area Rocket Club on 3/17/18. She flew on an F42 Blue Thunder to 1157 feet before taking a nosedive and embedding itself 3 inches in the ... [View]
NERRF2 SloMo of rocket Blowby launch problem (2006-06-30)
Just a full slow motion of the former Mountain of Ignornance rocket, now called Ivannatinkl working towards self destruction. [View]
Nike Apache 2 stage fail (2019-05-28)
Mad Cow Nike Apache two stage rocket fails to light sustainer. Booster Motor was Aetotech J500 and with H195 DMS in sustainer. After separation, the booster coasted to 1700' before deploying a main ... [View]
October 2020 Bob Utley Spool of Death (2020-10-25)
Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association's ESL 261 hobby rocket flight. Please see for more information. Come and join us at the field. [View]
RIP The Dude Rocket (2009-12-27)
The Dude gave his life to a gust of wind at the wrong moment. [View]
Rocket CATO - Drone view (2017-11-03)
Midwest Power 15, Nov 3 2017 [View]
Rocket Crash (2006-12-29)
Model rocket launches and parachute malfunctions. Then the rocket comes crashing down barely missing the camera man. [View]
Rocket Experimental 9V goes in ballistic after chute failure! (2009-05-27)
Experimental Rocket goes in ballistic after both primary and backup ejection systems fail. It was later discovered that under high G loading, the 3V batteries were moving aft sometimes....causing ... [View]
Rocket Explosion - COBRA Rocketry Failure Analysis (2019-03-02)
COBRA Rocketry tested our V.2 of Copperhead on Feb. 2nd, 2019 with some interesting results. Rocket science is hard and this is a great example of that. We have, and will continue to learn a lot ... [View]
Rocket launch: Mean Machine catastrophic motor failure (2019-11-28)
During a routine launch of my Mean Machine rocket, the E motor suffered a catastrophic failure ("cato") and the propellant shot out of the motor casing. This basically resulted in a fireball tearing ... [View]
Rocket motor CATO (2017-09-06)
CATO of an Aerotech G64-7W model rocket motor [View]
ROCKETS Magazine BALLS 21 Liz Johnson (2014-04-01)
Liz Johnson's Private A rocket on a M1648, four J400's at BALLS 21 launch [View]
Saturn V Burns Up (2015-06-18)
Tried my Estes Saturn V rocket again, this time with an E20, at the SOAR club meet on 6/13/2015. I had it elevated off the pad several inches with a clip, but while we were waiting to launch it came ... [View]
Slow Motion Gap Staging Failure (2017-07-11)
A slow motion illustration of a gap staged model rocket's failure to ignite the upper stage. This can happen if the booster motor pressurizes the booster body tube when the motor's propellant burns ... [View]
The fabulous exploding shredding failing rocket glider! (2018-09-02)
They can't all be successes. For rocket gliders that DO fly great, check out the lineup at! Update: it flies now! [View]
Twp Stage High Power Rocket at BALLS 2019 (2019-09-29)
Booster worked perfectly fine, we still don't know what happened two seconds after sustainer ignition. This was one of the Class 3 Projects from the Away Cell [View]
Wildman's Mega Darkstar - Two Stage Attempt (2019-09-03)
Wildman's Mega Darkstar launched at LDRS on a research "O" motor in the booster. [View]