A rocket in Hungary on live TV

At around 9:11pm (Central European Time) on the 1st of September, a 37 foot tall, 42" diameter rocket, powered by a cluster of twenty L730 rocket motors
took to the skies. The spectacle was conducted with; full clearance from the authorities, airspace cleared, accurate trajectory analysis, river traffic halted and the launch site sealed.
All motors lit, and the rocket splashed down into the River Danube, as it was designed to within 20 yards of predicted splash down.
The vehicle had a gross lift off mass of approximately 450kg (950lbs) and was launched from an island in the centre of the river Danube, in the city of Budapest, Hungary.... from the top of a 40ft tall stage, on live TV with an estimated TV audience of 5 million viewers, and in front of a live audience of over 10,000 people, who were a long way away on a bridge. The rocket splashed down into the River Danube, within 20 yards of predicted.
The vehicle was powered by a cluster of twenty Cesaroni Pro 54s. All of which lit perfectly.
The project was initiated by David Merlini, a Hungarian Escapologist who likes to do an annual major TV stunt in his home city of Budapest, Hungary. Past stunts have included being dropped from a bridge set in a 5-ton block of concrete, encased in a 2-ton block of ice and defrosted with flame throwers and other similar stunts.
The project represented 10 months of planning, building and hard work.
Here are some pictures...
http://www.rokits.org/gallery/Our-week-away
(Note: A full website and articles will become available over the coming months along with TV footage from the event and a full write up from all concerned. But in the meantime enjoy this small sample)
The Team (Just in case there are any of the team who want to go glory hunting...not that they would ;) it was a team effort - credit goes to all equally.)
1. James Macfarlane. 2. Colin Rowe 3. Richard Osborne 4. Ben Jarvis. 5. Mark Bishop. 6. One other. 7. Damian Hall.
Support team:
(If it was not for these fine people - then the project would not have been possible at all.)
1. Cesaroni. (Nicole and Mike) 2. Rebel Rocketry (Netherlands). (Pim and Frank) 3. Rockets and Things. (Malcolm)
Regards
The Team.
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Did he actually ride in the Rocket?
Dennis
"The Hungarian Team." <www.merlini.com> wrote in message

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D&JWatkins wrote:

My guess is, anyone who can answer that question is prohibited from doing so by an NDA. Escape artists, like magicians, guard their secrets.
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be wearing a space suit, or be hoisted by a helicopter, or be soaking wet after coming off said helicopter. Additionally, the man-shaped cutout in the rocket points to some sort of passenger compartment.
Or I could be completely wrong.
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"The Hungarian Team." <www.merlini.com> wrote in message

foot
motors
Good for them!
Randy www.vernarockets.com
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Congrats to the team on your successful -- and impressive -- launch!
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The Hungarian Team. wrote:

As one of the many not watching Hungarian TV at the right time, .... is there a video available anywhere
well done everyone /Tim
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"The Hungarian Team." <www.merlini.com> wrote:

What tool did you use to predict the impact point?
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Jerry Irvine wrote:

We used Rocksim, as well as a home grown 3DOF written by James Macfarlane, and then the range outputs were run through some wind weighting algorithms in Excel. It will need considerably more sophistication to cope with high altitude winds too.
It's still highly experimental, so although it worked well this time, it really needs some more flight tests conducted against predictions before releasing it into the wild so to speak.
We would have ideally liked to have used Splash, but of course we Brits can't be trusted with that software, so we'll have to write our own ;-)
All the best,
Richard
Team Baszd Meg
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Richard Osborne <"richard at cyberthinc dot com"> wrote:

DoD announced in effect you are the 51st state. Perhaps they only meant your military contractors and your government and not the citizens.
Perhaps our freedoms stop at the water's edge :)

Congrats on the project, especially the attendance and viewership numbers!
Jerry
God save the queen.
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Perhaps the same one that Stine used to predict missile impacts at White Sands. Can't recall if it was described in an old edition of the Handbook, or in an old MRm article.
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Here is a link from the news agency Reuters that gives a video of the launch in Hungary.
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/06092005/1/new-houdini-hungary.html
Enjoy.
It's awesome!
The Hungarian team
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Yes, it is. "The Hungarian Team." <www.merlini.com> wrote in message

launch
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