So /sci/, I been wondering... Can a large sugar rocket (any homemade rocket) break the atmosphere in theory? Can I build a rocket and attach a camera, and send it to space? Is this possible, or am I mad? If so, what should the rocket look like? Pic related, sugar rocket.
With staging you theoretically can. But the mass fraction cannot be made arbitrarily small as tanks and stage adapters still weigh something. The increased complexity of many stages also increases the likelyhood of failure.
Sugar rockets have very low ISP's compared to proper rocket fuels, you might be able to get to the edge of space with a multi-stage sugar rockets, but into orbit would require crazy amounts of fuel or crazy amounts of stages
All these posts and not one link to Sugar Shot To Space?
(never mind, I tried to link it, and my post was rejected as spam)
>Can a large sugar rocket (any homemade rocket) break the atmosphere in theory?
>Can I build a rocket and attach a camera, and send it to space?
Only if you're rich enough to grease all the right palms or okay with being sent to jail afterward.
It's much harder to get permission to try to launch things into space than it is to launch things into space. This has been the primary obstacle to spaceflight since the 1940s, when some basic effective methods were worked out and widely communicated.
As soon as the technology showed its military potential, governments around the world clamped down on it hard.
>As soon as the technology showed its military potential, governments around the world clamped down on it hard.
It could serve commercial applications too. Imagine being able to order stuff from Amazon in china and have it delivered to your doorstep in a few hours VIA rocket. Military ruins everything.
Sure, but even without nukes, anyone who's mad at you and knows your address would be able to snipe you in bed, and at absolute most, they'd be able to tell when and where it launched from, which could be a random stretch of ocean on a timer.
Yeah, who would'nt want to pay 30 million dollars to have their pair of sneakers delivered to their doorstep at 27 times the speed of sound? Fucking government getting in the way of free markets.