Cutting stuff in half and capturing things in slow motion both tend to turn the mundane into something really interesting, so YouTube channel Warped Perception decided to do both to a model rocket engine. Do NOT try this at home.
Warped Perception’s Matt Mikka has been shooting off model rockets since he was a kid, and he’s always wondered what actually goes on inside there. Now an adult in possession of a high-speed camera and a popular YouTube channel, he decided to satisfy that curiosity.
He cut a model rocket engine in half, taped it to a clear piece of plastic, and ignited the engine while a high-speed camera captured the entire thing at 1,500fps and then again at 4,000fps. Here’s a GIF of the best part, as the first stage of solid rocket fuel ignites and starts its (relatively) slow burn:
Check out the full video above to see not one, not two, but three separate burns at different speeds. And if you like this, visit the Warped Perception channel for more cool videos… like this one of popcorn exploding at 30,000fps.