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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