This Is What It Looks Like When A Hybrid Rocket Combusts: VIDEO


Awesome mad scientist Ben Krasnow built a hybrid rocket out of a transparent acrylic rod, thereby allowing us, the viewer, to see how it all works. A bit of explanation on the actual mechanics:

I lit the engine by inserting a burning cotton swab (with wooden stick) while a small amount of oxygen was flowing. The acrylic catches fire very easily in a pure oxygen environment. The engine can be throttled and shut off completely, which is a major benefit to hybrid engine designs. Solid-fuel rockets cannot be throttled or shut off, which makes them difficult to control.

Watch the rocket get spent - and learn a little something, too - AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted September 24, 2012 at 7:40pm ETC by Andrew Belonsky
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