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Rocket launching system

Chicago-area rocketeer and overall home tinkerer Kevin Shoemaker devised a clever way to save some cash for a rocketry weekend with the kids by combining recycled stuff from around the house with off-the-shelf parts from Radio Shack. The finished result is self-contained and maybe a little dangerous, like me.

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Rocket launcher diagram

The secret sauce.

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Eight-rocket launcher

The eight-station rocket launch system (version 1.0 wasn't quite as badass).

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Wooden rocket launch towers

You can walk on the Bolivian rosewood rocket launch towers, or you can use them to launch potentially explodable projectiles high into the air. Your call.

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Launcher wiring

Well, this wiring just kind of ruins the magic, doesn't it?

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Power source

The system's power source. No, you can't take this through airport security.

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