Amazing Camera Footage From John Carmack’s Latest Rocket Launch

Amazing Camera Footage From John Carmack’s Latest Rocket Launch

Software legend John Carmack doesn’t just work technical wonders and make great games. He also spends a lot of time (and money) on Armadillo Aerospace, an amateur outfit that is trying to make a space rocket that, instead of flying into space never to be seen again, can be re-used. Last month, Armadillo’s latest rocket, the STIG B-III, blasted off from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, near the site Virgin Galactic hopes to build the world’s first commercial starport.

Building on the team’s experiences with past rockets, STIG B-III, as you can see, started off pretty well, before a tiny and random fault — due to a small metal ring — sent things spiralling off on a one-way-ticket to a hard landing and impressive fireball.

Not that this is something to dwell on. Rockets explode in space exploration all the time, even those built by national governments with billion-dollar space programs. The cool thing here is the progress being made by a small but enthusiastic team, who are displaying a passion for the next frontier at a time when the US government is displaying anything but.

You can check out the full mission report, if you’re interested, below.

STIG B-III mission, January 5, 2013 [Armadillo Aerospace]


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