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Rocket “maverick,” Steve Jurvetson. got this pine box and an electric screwdriver to open it for Christmas. “Gee, honey, I can’t imagine what you got me!” I like the bow on the lid. It’s a Q-size Loki motor (ah… or “engine,” if you prefer). To give you an idea of size, that’s an Atlas ICBM upper stage vernier motor on the right!

Here’s Steve giving a wonderful, though breakneck-speed, intro to hobby rocketry, at TED.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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