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Hydrogen steam rocket




Steampunk maker Professor Fzz rebuilt a hydrogen/oxygen rocket kit into a thing of Victorian era beauty. He used a 12V 3.3Ah lead-acid battery to generate the hydrogen, and built a control system to monitor battery charge and fire the rocket. He also built his own spark igniter from a voltage generator, and constructed a lovely copper-pipe lanuchpad. Gorgeous work.

12 thoughts on “Hydrogen steam rocket

  1. So what. Somebody took a prefabricated rocket kit and decorated it like it came from victorian times. Does this really embody a DIY spirit? Because from here it looks like romantic nostalgia for a future that never happened. There is a steampunk conspiracy controlling make!

  2. Deathtorevival, after reading his site I felt that he did a good bit more than decorate it; he also improved it and added functionality. That’s DIY in my book. Regarding the Steampunk conspiracy: I’m sworn to secrecy.

  3. I don’t see how anyone can look at what this builder has done and not see a “DIY spirit.” He obviously put a lot of time and effort into this project precisely because he wanted it to “look like romantic nostalgia for a future that never happened.” That could serve as a working definition for steampunk.

    So, if that’s not your thing, cool. What is? What do you make? What technological aesthetics fire your imagination?

    We cover all types of maker styles here and we’ll continue to cover them as long as people are producing work in them.

  4. I think this is great. Unlike many things Steampunk that are all decoration and no function, this actually does something.

  5. Did you read the article? How can you not see the DIY in this, not to mention his other projects. While I’m not entranced by the SteamPunk scene, I still see the workmanship in the projects. When you turn 15, maybe you will change your outlook.

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John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He builds project for Adafruit Industries. You can find him at and twitter/IG @johnedgarpark

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