Introduction: Rocket Skateboard

This is a rocket skateboard I've been working on for the past several years. It has an automatic extinguishing system that works in conjunction with a hand held kill switch so it can't become a hazard. The fuel is easy to make and inexpensive. I put a book together on how to make it, step by step. It's too long for an Instructable but available online. This project was tons of fun!


charankrishna9104 (author)2017-05-03

wonderfully fantastic

beasthunter (author)2015-06-14


beasthunter (author)2015-06-14

epic man!

spawnos3717 (author)2011-12-29

Anyone who condemns another person to misery for the sake of their ego is not only wrong, but they themselves WILL BE condemned to die alone with one hand in their pocket.....ROR fbbc :)

ItsTheHobbs (author)2008-08-13

sweet! thats awesome!

Pressley (author)ItsTheHobbs2011-11-13

It's the sugar that makes it so sweet. :)

Derek Vigil (author)2011-06-14

I wonder what your neighbors think of you...

Teslaling (author)Derek Vigil2011-09-03

They were probably like Oh my gosh!!! He's gonna break his neck!!! Then after a while they probably started to just think nothing of it. Or that's how my neighbors are now when my dad and I do crazy chemistry stuff in the driveway :)

ProfessorJWN (author)2009-10-27


Dan's book is a great read, and indeed it is not applicable as it is "WAY TOO BIG" for an "able".

The book is worth it just to see the work Dan put into the motor and fuel and how he stresses the safe handling of the components.

So many "ables" through caution to the wind.....When you are basically standing on a rocket, that isn't a (healthy) option.

Dan also covers the legalities and other aspects of the construction and use of the "rocket board".

I highly recommend the book.  Thanks Dan for writing it.

In addition, it is a good inspiration for those of us considering writing a book.

Buy the thing and learn something interesting! The book answers most if not all of the questions posed here.


its not 'able' its an ible ! people dont know ,,anything,,

yeah profesorjwn

Your "picture" looks like you are driving one of Dan's boards, or a rocket sled (always wanted to try to build one of those) closest I got was a Honda V-65 Magna. I wanted to build a mass driver (the 70's name for a linear accelerator) in High School, and they said it was too dangerous. (MIT had just published one with out the use of Liquid Nitrogen, and using just mechanical switches and a track (essentially a small scale rail gun).

great, but it was a bit hard to understand you but it souds awesome.


I do know lots of things, but terminology sometimes is not it. I build most of my projects work and home myself (from hand tools for the garden to interactive 3d simulation systems). sorry for the confusions, I'll use "IBLE" in the future my friend.


cspiro1 (author)2011-07-21

put 2 on a bike

hyrulianshinobi333 (author)2008-10-21

how do you keep balance if the force is all below your feet. im not trying to be a physisist. just curious

the acceleration is probably not so great that you would fly off... in other words, the force trying to pull the skateboard away from you is not sufficient to overcome the friction of your feet & the skateboard. you might need to compensate for the acceleration a bit by leaning forward a bit.

You even misspelt physicist. Use a decent browser-based spellchecker. 

olao99 (author)M4industries2010-09-27

LOL (That means it is funny)

5xno7 (author)hyrulianshinobi3332008-10-21

The engine produces only 20 pounds of thrust. That in conjunction with a recoil spring makes it easy to ride.

mastermaker (author)5xno72009-07-12

hmmmmm.....may i ask of what ratios kno3/sugar you are using,and is it candied or still powdered and compatced? this is very well interesting and if you ever need help on finding better rocketfuels that wont sweep you off your feet,i can give you some help on it

And that handy dandy griptape will keep your feet attached!

there isn't that much force to push it out from under your feet. There is enough friction so you are brought with the board.

Indigoking (author)2011-06-09

NIce one - and boy are you patient with the "jobsworths" - an English expression from "it's more than me jobs worth to let you do/say that or park there" etc...

Just imagine there wouldn't have been "rocket" propelled anything without tinkerers and tinkering - thinking the film "October Sky".

I suppose kids today don't get to fill airfix planes with KNO3 based or "other" (more infamous) propellants - and send em down the washing line - to ex plode on impact with wall!!

Keep it up!! and to hell with all the stoopid regulations - they'll have us all dressed as Michelin man if they could!

Andreus Felipen (author)2011-01-20

Does it goes fast?

5xno7 (author)Andreus Felipen2011-01-21

About 20 mph.

Andreus Felipen (author)5xno72011-01-21


mossDboss (author)2011-01-11

would also like add that FAA waiver for Amatuer rocket launch DO NOT REQUIRE membership in a rocketry club

see 14 CFR respective

mossDboss (author)2011-01-11

Title 14: Aeronautics and Space
Subpart C— Amateur Rockets

Browse Previous | Browse Next
§ 101.22 Definitions.

The following definitions apply to this subpart:

(a) Class 1—Model Rocket means an amateur rocket that:

(1) Uses no more than 125 grams (4.4 ounces) of propellant;

(2) Uses a slow-burning propellant;

(3) Is made of paper, wood, or breakable plastic;

(4) Contains no substantial metal parts; and

(5) Weighs no more than 1,500 grams (53 ounces), including the propellant.

(b) Class 2—High-Power Rocket means an amateur rocket other than a model rocket that is propelled by a motor or motors having a combined total impulse of 40,960 Newton-seconds (9,208 pound-seconds) or less.

(c) Class 3—Advanced High-Power Rocket means an amateur rocket other than a model rocket or high-power rocket.

knexinventer (author)2011-01-01

now all that board needs is some stronger rockets and feet bindings like a snow board also a ramp

Millawi Legend (author)2010-12-03

Now, Do this with a Saturn V.

bowmaster (author)2010-11-27

What is the name of the book?

5xno7 (author)bowmaster2010-11-27

M-80 Rocket Powered Skateboard, it's available at

MrBill53 (author)2010-10-25

Where is the book now?

5xno7 (author)MrBill532010-10-25


dougalh (author)2010-10-24

Now do a kickflip

Ballistaman (author)2010-10-14

Your'e site is kind of weird... it doesn't even have rocket skate boards...

valoskater8745 (author)2010-07-22

this reminds me of something that would come out of Doc Browns labrotory

teslafan100 (author)2010-04-24

plz show how to make :)

alaoeneye (author)2009-05-01

How do you make it

cool wasp (author)alaoeneye2009-11-06

 Buy dan Pollino's book off amazon or for the full instructions. 

allan12345 (author)2009-10-15

what are the materials used for the project

butterflycookies (author)2009-09-14

stright up. pimp

yusuf786 (author)2009-09-04

Wow This Is Awesome Never Thought That I Would Find This Type Of D-I-Y Here...! Thanks For Uploading

ublind (author)2009-09-01

This rendered me speechless... LOL! If you did an ollie you would crash and die! What about a kicker/ramp?

wizerd 745 (author)2009-08-27

the crap! do a trick! ollie or somethin'!

IDK632 (author)2009-08-10

do you know how to make an easier rocket?

dark sponge (author)2008-12-04

Awesome! What does it use for fuel?

5xno7 (author)dark sponge2008-12-05

Thanks! Sugar and Kno3, potassium nitrate.

Koolraap (author)5xno72009-01-13

you could of course replace the sugar with carbon :-) crushed charcoal works fine, the ratio 20 charcoal to 80 kno3 works the best

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