Model Saturn V Rocket Launch a Success

Article written: 26 Apr , 2009
Updated: 26 Apr , 2016
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A world record model rocket launch attempt on Saturday lifted off — and landed — successfully. Steve Eves worked for two years building the rocket, a 36-foot (10.9-meter) tall, 1:10 scale Saturn V model rocket. Eves now holds the world record for the largest amateur rocket to ever be launched. The picture-perfect launch took place on a farmer’s field near Price, Maryland, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Baltimore, delighting those in attendance. The main body of the rocket even landed upright. See the video below.

Here’s a link to a video of Steve Eves talking about his rocket before the launch.

Thanks to Keith Stein of the DC Space News Examiner for passing the word on to us.


10 Responses

  1. SweeneyTodd says

    wow , :p maybe he could send the curriculum at Nasa or SpaceX , or Esa ..

  2. Jorge says

    Well, the question is, of course, why is this record-setting? For the size of the thing? For the height it reached? Why?

  3. Maxwell says

    Not sure Jorge.
    Its one of the biggest flying scale models I’ve ever seen.

    I know that other rockets have reached greater altitude and a few may have had similar size… but they weren’t exactly models of anything.

  4. Nobody remembers the article from 3 days ago saying this would be the world record attempt for the largest amateur rocket to ever be launched? That fact has now been added to the article above.

  5. Jorge says

    Oh, I skipped that one. Sorry… (blush)

  6. HelloBozos says

    Thats Was Awsome..someone build a Space shuttle one now!!..

  7. star-grazer west coast says

    This sure is no normal backyard hobby and would require many 10s’,100s’ perhaps many 1000s’ hectares of land , no nagging neighbors complaining about the noice and a lot of funds to make this a personal hobby lol
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  8. Astrofiend says

    Not bad at all! I think a Saturn V rising into the sky is among the most impressive man-made marvels ever. Not a bad impression of it at all…

  9. Rob_Bowman says

    Love it. Now for a bit more carbon fibre, some bigger engines, a guidance system …..

    Volunteers anyone?

  10. agmartin says

    If they did the separation and ignited the second stage when the first burned out I would have really been impressed.

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