Friday, October 07, 2011

EXCELLENT BALLS video - Qu8k flies to 121k ft (updated)

Here's a really good, but long, video detailing the flight of Derek Deville's Qu8k (pronounced "Quake"). It includes some build details including the totally amazing complement of electronics, multiple launch angles, even more amazing on-board footage (although I skipped through the final recovery section). It reportedly hit 121,000' before returning "safely to earth." I must be missing something because that sounds like a Carmack Prize winner to me. Maybe it wasn't flyable after landing? Someone on TRF answered this. The prize rules require altitude confirmation by GPS. Reportedly, all GPS units lost lock and the data looks hosed.

I have since found his website, which gives more details and presents photos documenting the build and flight.