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James Yawn’s site Recrystallized Rocketry has lots of great information about DIY rocketry, including this great tutorial about mounting a video camera. This hot pink rocket is called the “sugar rush,” because it is powered by Yawn’s homemade potassium nitrate/sugar rocket fuel. [Thanks, Kenneth!]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • JPatrick

    Sounds like the time I tried to make a smoke bomb and it decided to fly away.

  • StefanJ

    I bought a bunch of Aiptek cameras through the years, including a pen cam I hope to pop in a rocket some day. They’re cheap and pretty reliable. Using one of the fancier models as a rocket cam seems like overkill, but if the rocket is big enough, why not?

  • Online Auction

    HI

    Great information and this hot pink rocket is called the “sugar rush,” because it is powered by Yawn’s homemade potassium nitrate/sugar rocket fuel.

    James Parker.
    Online Auction

  • Anonymous

    I just want to chime in here to say that Yawn is an amazing rocketry resource, filled with detailed fascinating info.

    But also that cooking grains (the KNO3-Sugar fuel in the motors) without setting your kitchen on fire and ruining your wife’s favorite all-clad saucepan, molding the center hole in them without getting a screwdriver irrecoverably stuck in the center of the grain, and finally installing them in a rocket that launches safely and straight and true without mysteriously canting over 75 degrees, flying several hundred yards before slamming directly into the side of your neighbor’s house is a little bit harder than it looks…

    • youevolve

      That is why it is called (model) rocket science….

      Seriously, cook your fuel outdoors. I just picked up 2 electric skillets at thrift shops for a total of $5. Launching in 3, 2, 1…..