How to build and launch rockets in space using laptops? High school student show the world

By Shekhar Sahu on 23 July 2010 2:55 AM

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Sony Rocket Project with Intel i7 used vaio notebooks to launch rocket by kids image
You would wonder to know that the first rocket to land on the moon had less computing power than the present day computers. So, Sony thought why not to build and launch a rocket with their laptops of Vaio series. In fact, Sony started a project "Sony Rocket Project" with kids. They selected 8 high school science students, helped them learn, design and build their own high power rocket. The rocket will be launched today at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. These guys are reminding me of my favourite movie "October Sky", where a bunch of highschoolers perfected the rocketry for a science project, ended up getting scholarship and later working for NASA.

Eight selected high school science students were given Sony VAIO CW series laptops to design and build a high power rocket. Students were given accelerated rocketry course by Tom Atchison, Director of the Association of Rocket Mavericks and leading figure in high power rocket community. You can call it a rocket crash course :) Students got training in Computer Aided Design (CAD), aerodynamic simulation, computational fluid dynamics, dispersion analysis and Monte Carlo simulation etc. VAIO computers also run the flight simulation software ASTOS, RSPro & Rocksim and facilitate calculations for dispersion analysis, gas dynamics, aerodynamic stability, dynamic stability, structural loading, thermal heat transfer flux, fin flutter stability and much more.

Sony Rocket Project with Intel i7 used vaio notebooks to launch rocket by kids image

Sony Rocket Project with Intel i7 used vaio notebooks to launch rocket by kids launching test image
image credit Sony

"Sony products empower and inspire consumers to make the seemingly impossible possible. The Rocket Project is giving a group of highly dedicated science students the rare opportunity to take their ideas beyond the surface of the Earth and actually reach for the stars. We could not be prouder of the role Sony VAIO technology is playing in making their ideas come to life.”
-Alberto Escobedo, Sony

"The processing power of the Intel Core i7 processor is so great that one of the only limiting factors to innovation is imagination. The students in The Rocket Project demonstrate that America's scientists of tomorrow will take our technology to new heights."
-Erik Reid, Intel Corporation.

Rocket & Laptop Specifications

The Rocket is 25 feet tall, weighs over 500 pounds and it is capable of reaching the stratosphere.
VAIO Z Series 13.1" screen, Intel Core i5 Processor with Turbo Boost will provide the brains for the rocket.
VAIO F Series 16.4” screen, Intel Core i7 Processor with Turbo Boost is going to serve as mission control for the launch.

Learn more about sony rocket launching at

Indians are not left behind in fact last month ISRO also launched a Satellite which was developed by IIT students.

Have you seen such campaign before? This one is unique since incorporated two powerful technologies from Intel and Sony Vaio. The rocket will be launched within few hours. Waiting for more updates. So friends what do you say?

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3 comments for this post

Great :) waiting for updates .

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

These high school kids are really up to something. I'm sure they will take science and technology to new height. Sony Rocket Project sounds like fun and the video is very interesting, I wish they had this in my science class a few years ago too.

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

Sure astronomy sister.

@Justin Durpe
These students will become roll model for others and you are guessing right.

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

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