Home Made Rocket Reaches Height Of 120000 Feet In 120 Seconds (video)
Where can we buy one of those?!
Derek Deville’s Qu8k (pronounced “Quake”) launched from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to an altitude of 121,000′ before returning safely to earth. Above 99% of the atmosphere, the sky turns black in the middle of the day and the curvature of the earth is clearly visible. The rocket motor produced 4,000 lbs of thrust for 8 seconds accelerating the vehicle to over Mach 3 at over 10,000 ft. After that, momentum carried the rocket skyward for another 84 seconds to a peak altitude of 121,000 ft: