Derek Deville and Danah and Mike Kirk load the foam insert into the Qu8k motor while Cole Crockwell watches.
Derek Deville makes sure that the mandrel is seated in the nozzle of the Qu8k rocket before the pour.
Greg Mayback mixing Qu8k propellant with Korey Kline to be poured later into the rocket motor.
Greg Mayback watching Derek Deville pour propellant into the Qu8k motor.
The Qu8k motor building team with the last bucket (Mike Kirk, Greg Mayback, Cole Crockwell, Danah Kirk, Guy Kress, Rowan Mayback, (seated) Derek Deville and Korey Kline.
Greg Mayback building the Qu8k launch tower with Bret Ranc and Derek Deville.
Having the RV on the side of the sun made building the Qu8k launch tower more bearable in the Black Rock Desert.
Greg Mayback and Bret Ranc stabilize the Qu8k launch tower as Derek Deville winches it to vertical.
Derek Deville giving the "A-ok" that the Qu8k launch tower is ready for tomorrow's launch as the sun sets on the Black Rock Desert.
The Qu8k Launch Team (Bret Ranc, Derek Deville, Greg Mayback, and Rowan Mayback) taking a much needed rest after the launch tower is erected.
Derek Deville working on Qu8k's on-board electronics in the early morning of the Sept. 30th launch.
Qu8k is loaded into the launch tower and is awaiting installation of the nose cone.
With the Qu8k loaded in the launch tower, Derek Deville calls home to let the family know that all is running on schedule.
Derek Deville compacts Qu8k's parachute and cord into the payload section, and the nose cone is installed with the help Greg Mayback and Bret Ranc.
Al is given the honor of installing Qu8k's tip.
The view from the tip-side of Qu8k is impressive.
Derek Deville checks to see that Qu8k is well supported in the launch tower.
Greg Mayback and Bret Ranc guide the Qu8k launch tower to vertical.
Other rocket enthusiasts help the Qu8k team erect the loaded launch tower.
Derek Devile holding the Qu8k igniter just before installation.
Derek Deville initializing all of Qu8k's flight electronics just before launch.
A view from below Qu8k on the launch pad.
The view from below Qu8k's launch tower.
Greg Mayback and his daugher, Rowan Mayback, next to Qu8k just before launch.
The Qu8k Launch Team (Bret Ranc, Derek Deville, Greg Mayback and Rowan Mayback) minutes before ignition.
Qu8k is ready to launch. 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
Qu8k has ignition.
One-third of a second after ignition, Qu8k has left the launch tower.
Two-thirds of a second after ignition, Qu8k is almost out of frame.
What Qu8k has done to the playa of the Black Rock Desert after launch.
This is the first view we have of Qu8k's succesful launch and recovery from the car as we drive along the playa of the Black Rock Desert having only GPS transmissions to guide us.
Derek Deville is ecstatic to recover all of Qu8k after the launch.
The Qu8k Launch Team reveling in the successful launch and recovery (Rowan Mayback, Greg Mayback, Derek Deville and Bret Ranc).
Qu8k's nozzle hit the playa first, as evidenced by the sand filling the nozzle throat.
There was not enough time to manufacture a metal shroud for Qu8k's downward-looking video camera and launch forces melted the plastic shroud.
Derek Deville holding the video electronics of the Qu8k launch.
The upper end of Qu8k hit the playa after the nozzle bounced, causing the payload section to buckle.
Greg Mayback next to Qu8k just before loading it for disassembly.
Greg Mayback and his daughter Rowan holding the Qu8k nose cone after the successful flight.