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Submission + - Qu8k: Above the Balloons ( 1

darkjohnson writes: "Lately we've been inundated with 100k' balloon flights and amazing video footage from space — the flights usually taking better than an hour to achieve apogee. Derek Deville took a shortcut to 121k' using a 'home made' Q rocket motor and a ton of engineering genius.

On September 30, 2011 at 11:08am, Qu8k (pronounced "Quake") launched from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to an altitude of 121,000' in 92 seconds before returning safely to earth.

This small documentary on the flight is probably one of the most brilliant Amateur Rocket videos out there right now."

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Qu8k: Above the Balloons

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    Should end up higher than the simple sum of approaches - rocket wastes much less of its energy on combating drag / since aerodynamic loads will be much lower, it could perhaps do with lighter and less sleek structure. It does require much less trivial balloon, though.

    Borderline achieving real (well, the agreed to threshold of 100 km...) space, instead of the "looks kinda like it" BS, shouldn't be too far off then.

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