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Final Flight of the Phoenix

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Published on Feb 21, 2012

The final flight of our Estes "Phoenix" model rocket, fired from a scale seagoing barge. It powers into the sand while still under full thrust. The rocket, previously damaged by several crashes (including one water landing), was a total loss. It will be refurbished for display at the RapidNadion W&M Shipyards, but will never fly again. See our channel page for video of its previous flights.

The cause of the crash was likely lack of true-ness in the fuselage or fin assemblies due to these previous crashes. It's also possible the floating launch platform created some instability on rocket ignition, as the guidance rod can be seen to oscillate quite severely in the raw footage.

See our website for more: http://www.RapidNadion.com

Shot with the following cameras:

Sony Handycam HDR-CX130
Casio Exilim FC-150 (high-speed footage only)
GoPro Hero HD
Muvi Veho Atom
Panasonic Lumix S85


Sound & Music:

Apollo 10 launch sequence is NASA-released and public domain. Thanks, as always, to YouTube used harmsworth1 for the idea.

Music track is "Achilles" by Kevin MacLeod. It is royalty-free and can be found at the following link: http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-fr...

License information for the above track: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...

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