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XMS MissileToe: Recycled Christmas Tree Rocket Shoots for the Stars

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On January 1, 2013 @ 12:47 pm In green gadgets,Green Holidays,News | No Comments

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We’ve shared lots of great ways to compost, recycle or reuse your old Christmas tree [2] – but blasting it off into space never crossed our mind. Two DIY [3]’ers have decided to “reuse” their Christmas tree by turning it into a rocket and launching it skyward. The already shedding tree [4] was sent 120 feet into the air, revealing its unexpected aerodynamic properties.

YouTube Preview Image [5]

Using differential calculus, a car battery, and 32 engines wired in parallel, the creators of “Christmas Tree Rocketry: The Art and Science of Holiday Recycling” turn used Christmas trees into crazy holiday rockets [6]. The flight of the XMS MissileToe was executed in two programmed stages. The tree lights and launch were initiated wirelessly from a laptop and observed through an on-board “tree cam”. Needless to say, there are much greener ways of ending the holiday season – but we can’t deny that the launch of the XMS MissileToe is a dramatic way to end the year.

Via Gizmodo [7]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/12/rocket-christmas-tree.jpg

[2] old Christmas tree: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/recycle-your-christmas-tree-at-mulchfest-2012/

[3] DIY: http://inhabitat.com/diy/

[4] tree: http://inhabitat.com/how-to-green-your-christmas-tree/

[5] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsDZbRankCs

[6] rockets: http://inhabitat.com/video-amazing-water-powered-rocket-boots-will-send-you-soaring-like-a-superhero/flyboard-rocket-boots-4/

[7] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5444152/christmas-tree-rocket-tannenbaum-goes-tannenboom

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