Exploded Rocket Was Using 1970s Vintage Soviet-Built Engines

The explosion of an unmanned Antares rocket on Tuesday evening near Wallops, Virginia made headlines worldwide. Destined for the International Space Station, it exploded just seconds after liftoff, while carrying Space Station supplies, experiments, and propelled by two very old Soviet engines. » 10/30/14 10:26am 10/30/14 10:26am

How NASA Solved A $100 Million Problem For Five Bucks

A few years ago, back when the Constellation Program was still alive, NASA engineers discovered that the Ares I rocket had a crucial flaw, one that could have jeopardized the entire project. They panicked. They plotted. They steeled themselves for the hundreds of millions of dollars it was going to take to make… » 1/31/12 3:15pm 1/31/12 3:15pm

Awesome Rocket Car Doesn't Have Rocket, Does Sport Duallies

Apparently we've got rocket cars coming out the wazoo lately. Here's a pretty slick one which, although not actually rocket equipped, has got so much Flash Gordon goodness baked into its dually driven chassis we can't help but admire it. There isn't a whole lot of info on this LA-area one-off, but it's got detail work… » 6/09/08 4:40pm 6/09/08 4:40pm

Rocket Sled Breaks World Speed Record At Air Force Test Track

A military rocket train was propelled down a track at nearly nine times the speed of sound yesterday, thereby reaching a world land speed record for rail (though Guinness wasn't invited). The previous record was held by another rocket sled at about mach 8.5. Approximately three miles of the test was inside an inflated… » 2/01/08 12:15pm 2/01/08 12:15pm

You've Heard Of Jalopies: The First Ever Rock-n-Roll Song

March, 1951: A very young Ike Turner pens and records a fast R&B song about hooning it up behind the wheel of a big V8-powered Detroit chariot, the song is released under the fictitious band name of 'Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats,' and rock-n-roll is born, leading inexorably to Ted Nugent. Well, actually, some… » 2/14/07 4:00pm 2/14/07 4:00pm

Das Rokit: Brabus Super CLS Breaks Speed Record

The Brabus rocketeers say they've broken the speed record for street-legal sedans, having been certified by Germany's technical standards agency, T V, for hitting over 227 mph on the Nardo test track in southern Italy. The ber tuner's ber sedan, the Rocket — based on a Mercedes-Benz CLS — is powered by a bored-out… » 11/21/06 8:55am 11/21/06 8:55am

Command Presence: A Polizei-tuned Brabus Rocket

Last year, on occasion of the Essen auto show — Germany's version of SEMA — tuning safety organization Tune It Safe showed off a tuner Porsche 911 dressed up as a police cruiser. This year, to promote its agenda of preventing accidents from faulty self-tuning jobs, it's unveiling a Brabus CLS Rocket decked out in… » 11/16/06 5:20pm 11/16/06 5:20pm

Turbonique: Totally The Best Company in History

The mighty Iowahawk offers up a solid rundown of Turbonique, a Florida company that produced some of the most absolutely gobsmackingly, batrapingly-insane speed equipment ever to see the light of day. To say more would be to ruin the absolute thrall of discovery the 'Hawk left us in. As Coop so succinctly put it, "If… » 4/15/06 12:51am 4/15/06 12:51am