Today, the always-great web-comic XKCD gets Wile E. Coyote on everyone by explaining how many model rockets you'd need to shoot a rocket into space. (Spoiler: you will need several model rockets.)
The creator of XKCD, Randall Munroe, is a former NASA roboticist, and he gives a pretty straight-faced answer on the necessary number of model rockets (65,000-ish) and the best way to arrange them (layer-upon-layer).
So it can be done! But that's just enough to make it to space--making it to orbit on model rockets is a tougher proposition. Basically, you'd need a gigantic model-rocket spacecraft. And as Munroe writes: "If it went up in flames--which it would--it would break the record for the largest manmade non-nuclear explosion in history."
Maybe just buy a ticket to space instead.
Perhaps with future restrictions being consider to North Korea, we to cut of USA cartoons to them.
I feel the R&D of North Korea copied this film, lol.
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Anyways, Why use all these model engines when NASA still has my 'Giant Potato Gun' design that I sent them back in march?
If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
Are you sure you invented the "Giant Potato Gun"? Didn't the Soviet Union send the Spud-nik into space first?! LOL
It was too easy and well so I just had to go there.... snort.
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Ah-hahaha, Robot you crack me up
@ Robot How cute, someone decided to copy me. Just so you know Robot, your comments are YOURS!
Popular Science login profile have dates of origin..... lol.
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I look forward to your comments....but please keep them about the website's articles.
@Robot69 Thank you for standing up for me. It is terribly rude for Robot to try and shut me up for sharing my opinion, when on countless other articles he just spouts on and on about things not on topic and yet it is never wrong when he does it.
@Robot please stop with the whole "Holier than thou act" It is very hypocritical of you.
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I always wondered if it was possible to send a few grams of my own remains to Mars on a model rocket. Looks like it was an impossible dream in the realm of personal feasibility. Oh, well, maybe a cargo service could be enlisted a few centuries in the future to do it for those lucky enough to afford it!
Actually, I believe there are companies that will send your ashes into space for a fee(though I'm not sure that you can get them sent to a specific place such as Mars). Also, I have no idea how much it costs, but I'm guessing very pricey.
So pioneer10 you yearn to have your earn blasted off to Mars, but currently disappointed to the current feasibility. Perhaps Wal-Mart might ship your few grams off in the future with delayed layaway, layaway out of this world special. ;)
@Robot68 "Holier than thou act"
@pioneer10: I'm sure sending just a few grams is feasible. Just lift the little rocket to the edge of the atmosphere with a weather balloon.. The tough part would be to accurately set its trajectory.
thanks for giving me hope-
Would you have avy idea how large the weather balloon would have to be?