Rocketman’s Flying Coffin of Dead

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Rocketman’s Flying Coffin of Dead

MZ_DIYSpace-Badge.gifJust in time for Halloween comes Ky Michaelson’s (aka Rocketman) and fellow hobby rocketry legend Bruce Lee’s (no, the OTHER Bruce Lee) Flying Coffin of Dead, a full-size, flying afterlife surfboard. You may know Ky from being covered in MAKE. He’s also featured in our forthcoming Make: Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide special issue (which you’ll be hearing lots more about soon). Bruce Lee has been a leader in high-powered rocketry for years, too. The two rocketeers built the Flying Coffin to launch at the latest LDRS (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships) event, held at the Lucerne Dry Lake Bed, CA, in June 2010. The FCoD blasted off on an M-2400 motor, and then just blasted. It became an anticipatory coffin of death for anything in its helter-skelter flight path. And then… splinters.

LDRS 29 Day Four saw the range open early, close late [coverage of Rocketry Planet]

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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