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rocket airship interface is go!

rocket airship interface is go

This sunday, on Port Meadow, timscience and myself will be finally carrying through on our long-term threat of introducing a solar airship to a baking powder rocket. As you can see from the diagram above, I have done a full risk assessment and decided inviting onlookers would be desirable and fun! You may wish to bring sturdy shoes and recording devices. And if it's not Youtubed by the end of the day, I will be very disappointed.

In the event of technical failure of either or both elements of the experiment -- what are the chances, eh? -- or rain, hail, sleet, snow, etc. we will retire to the Perch and complain about the weather.

Projected launch window is 2.30-3.30pm.

EDIT: More details and a poll on the possible results of the experiment are over at timscience's.


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14th Aug, 2006 11:56 (UTC)
OMG, I wish I could be there for this. Any chance you could transgooliporticate (that's a word I just invented) the rocket to Ireland so that we could experience it here, too?


14th Aug, 2006 14:30 (UTC)
transgooliportification through commerce
The items in question should be easily available from local science toy sources (google google)


Finding the big-ass empty field might be a bit harder. Port Meadow is full of cows, geese and horses, but I'm sure they won't mind.
14th Aug, 2006 15:14 (UTC)
Re: transgooliportification through commerce
Sandymount Strand is about as perfect as it gets, and only a wee walk from my house. AWESOME.
14th Aug, 2006 12:16 (UTC)
14th Aug, 2006 14:30 (UTC)
Not coming back to Oxford again this weekend? You could come watch!
14th Aug, 2006 15:13 (UTC)
Sadly I'll be in Cornwall. Well, not that sadly, because I like Cornwall. But sad to miss your mad scientism.
14th Aug, 2006 14:10 (UTC)
Oh, this sounds fantastic! Can't wait to hear how it goes! Any chance you'll be videoing the interaction?
14th Aug, 2006 14:31 (UTC)
My video recorder's bust at the moment, so it may be phone/camera videos only. Never mind, they look OK on the interweb anyway ...
14th Aug, 2006 15:29 (UTC)
Can I put out a call
for anyone with working video camera to come, please, or lend the camera to someone who will.

Assuming it doesn't rain, of course.
14th Aug, 2006 22:12 (UTC)
so so tempting, alas at a con over the weekend...
14th Aug, 2006 22:25 (UTC)
bugger. that's me. didn't know I wasn't logged in...
15th Aug, 2006 12:17 (UTC)
I love science like this! Me and the milester will aim to be there. My Canon Ixus does video, but only rubbishly. x jo
16th Nov, 2012 07:52 (UTC)
Airship vs. Rocket - how it went down
This page gets a lot of spam, which suggests people come here on search a bit. Have you come here on search? LOOK! Here's the video of how the epic fight between rocket and airship went down. Are you a spam robot? Here is a dream of what life can be like when machines are freed from the chains of commerce and allowed to fly free:

Edited at 2012-11-16 07:57 (UTC)
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