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February 19, 2008

Canadian Inventor to Launch Bottle Rocket into Orbit?

at 5:21 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking


This Canadian inventor from Antigravity Research who holds the world record in bottle rocket launches wants to launch a rocket into orbit! Is it possible? After watching some videos and poking around the inventors site I am thinking that if it is possible that Antigravity Research will be the company to do it. Watch the videos for an example of this powerful technology.


"They’re made by attaching plastic or cardboard fins to an empty bottle, punching a hole in the bottle top to act as a nozzle and pressurizing the bottle with air from a bicycle pump.Add some water before pumping in the air and the bottle will go higher. Add a squirt of dish soap to the water and it goes even higher.

Schellenberg’s two-stage model is easily capable of reaching altitudes of well over 200 metres.Several years ago, one of his "toy" rockets – actually a Kevlar-reinforced, experimental, single-stage missile pressurized with compressed nitrogen and packing high-tech instruments – flew to just under 379 metres. Based on that research, Schellenberg is now convinced that it will be possible to put a bottle rocket into orbit. In preparation, he’s working on sending a modified two-stage rocket – reinforced with ultra-strong carbon-fibre and fuelled by liquid CO2 – up about five kilometres."

Via: Slashdot and CBC