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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 a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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