Carmack's rocket crashes and burns

A $35,000 test rocket created by the Doom 3 designer's Armadillo Aerospace topples and smashes into the ground.

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In an ironic footnote to John Carmack's recent success, the id Software founder and Doom 3 engine creator ran into a little trouble on the launch pad last weekend. Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace, a research and development team that is designing computer-controlled rockets, launched a $35,000 rocket that promptly tilted to the side and crashed into the ground in spectacular fashion. (As Carmack says, "It’s a good thing Doom 3 is selling very well.") The team is hoping to eventually design and launch a manned rocket into outer space to win the $1 million X-Prize, but it seems that they may have some more work to do. A video and detailed description of the crash are available on Armadillo's Web site.

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6 comments
Acurev
Acurev

Hmm, its news to me!

AceJakk
AceJakk

That's odd... I posted my last comment on the first of January in the year 1970. hmm. Talk about prescience.

AceJakk
AceJakk

Third. That's kind of sad.

bigelf72
bigelf72

Wow, I'm the first reply in 4 years.