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Amateur Rocketeer Derek Deville's Qu8k Rocket Flies to 120,000+ Feet (Video) 165

Posted by Roblimo
from the up-up-and-away dept.
Derek Deville is a rocket hobbyist. A lot of us have messed with Estes Model Rockets, which start at about $13 for a pre-assembled rocket that can go 800 feet straight up. Derek's rockets are on a whole different level. His personal rocket altitude record is closer to 33 miles, which is about 150 times as high as the entry-level Estes rocket -- and takes more than 150 times as much effort to build and launch. Derek's employer, Syntheon LLC, helps him out a lot with tools and materials. Lots of other people help him, too. Derek has been mentioned on Slashdot before. This video is a chance to get to know him a bit better. And anyone who shoots rockets to the top of the Stratosphere for fun is worth knowing, right?
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Amateur Rocketeer Derek Deville's Qu8k Rocket Flies to 120,000+ Feet (Video)

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  • Woah! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MacGyver2210 (1053110) on Thursday March 08, 2012 @10:11AM (#39287125)

    Slashdot has its own video player?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 08, 2012 @12:22PM (#39289079)

    What's the return on investment on a used rocket?

    >What's the return on investment on a used rocket?

    Let's see. Two guys apply for a high paying engineering job. One has a degree. The other is a world class rocket builder. Who get the job?

    Two guys date the same hot girl. One has a nice house. The bother is a world class rocket builder with high paying engineering job. Who gets the girl?

    I'd say its a pretty good investment. Of course, he could play safe and invest in housing instead. Because we all know that house values never go down.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser