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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    7 years ago on Introduction

    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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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)


    9 years ago on Introduction


    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.


    5 replies

    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).


    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.


    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.


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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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