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!

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charankrishna9104 made it!(author)2017-05-03

wonderfully fantastic

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beasthunter made it!(author)2015-06-14

sweet

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beasthunter made it!(author)2015-06-14

epic man!

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spawnos3717 made it!(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 :)

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ItsTheHobbs made it!(author)2008-08-13

sweet! thats awesome!

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Pressley made it!(author)2011-11-13

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

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Derek+Vigil made it!(author)2011-06-14

I wonder what your neighbors think of you...

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Teslaling made it!(author)2011-09-03

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 :)

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ProfessorJWN made it!(author)2009-10-27

Hi,

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.

Jim

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Zaphod+Beeblebrox made it!(author)2009-11-01

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

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aidanjarosgrilli made it!(author)2011-06-28

yeah profesorjwn

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ProfessorJWN made it!(author)2011-06-29

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).

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aidanjarosgrilli made it!(author)2011-08-01

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

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ProfessorJWN made it!(author)2011-06-29

Zaphod,

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.

Jim

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cspiro1 made it!(author)2011-07-21

put 2 on a bike

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hyrulianshinobi333 made it!(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

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biolethal made it!(author)2011-07-04

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.

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M4industries made it!(author)2010-08-22

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

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olao99 made it!(author)2010-09-27

LOL (That means it is funny)

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5xno7 made it!(author)2008-10-21

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

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mastermaker made it!(author)2009-07-12

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

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vandal1138 made it!(author)2009-07-02

And that handy dandy griptape will keep your feet attached!

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curecreator made it!(author)2009-01-24

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.

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Indigoking made it!(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!

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Andreus+Felipen made it!(author)2011-01-20

Does it goes fast?

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5xno7 made it!(author)2011-01-21

About 20 mph.

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Andreus+Felipen made it!(author)2011-01-21

great!

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mossDboss made it!(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

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mossDboss made it!(author)2011-01-11

Title 14: Aeronautics and Space
PART 101—MOORED BALLOONS, KITES, AMATEUR ROCKETS AND UNMANNED FREE BALLOONS
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.

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knexinventer made it!(author)2011-01-01

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

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Millawi+Legend made it!(author)2010-12-03

Now, Do this with a Saturn V.

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bowmaster made it!(author)2010-11-27

What is the name of the book?

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5xno7 made it!(author)2010-11-27

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

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MrBill53 made it!(author)2010-10-25

Where is the book now?

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5xno7 made it!(author)2010-10-25

On amazon.com

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dougalh made it!(author)2010-10-24

Now do a kickflip

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Ballistaman made it!(author)2010-10-14

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

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valoskater8745 made it!(author)2010-07-22

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

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teslafan100 made it!(author)2010-04-24

plz show how to make :)

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alaoeneye made it!(author)2009-05-01

How do you make it

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cool+wasp made it!(author)2009-11-06

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

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allan12345 made it!(author)2009-10-15

what are the materials used for the project

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butterflycookies made it!(author)2009-09-14

stright up. pimp

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yusuf786 made it!(author)2009-09-04

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

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ublind made it!(author)2009-09-01

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

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wizerd+745 made it!(author)2009-08-27

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

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IDK632 made it!(author)2009-08-10

do you know how to make an easier rocket?

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dark+sponge made it!(author)2008-12-04

Awesome! What does it use for fuel?

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5xno7 made it!(author)2008-12-05

Thanks! Sugar and Kno3, potassium nitrate.

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Koolraap made it!(author)2009-01-13

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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