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  1. Glen Thrall

    Glen Thrall

    6 minutos atrás

    Tom, niiiiice project!!! Looks really fun to fly!! Try using a bigger propeller! And yes by all means use safety glasses!!!

  2. Pete moss

    Pete moss

    8 horas atrás

    Find the Center of gravity? Move the caps or motor along the axis to find the CG. Try a pusher rather then a puller?

  3. Just Diggin It Detecting

    Just Diggin It Detecting

    10 horas atrás

    Super cool

  4. Mike


    11 horas atrás

    Parachute is too small dude, it will look cooler coming down slower.and it won't get damaged as easily... easy fix

  5. Scott McElroy

    Scott McElroy

    12 horas atrás

    That is very cool! I shot off rockets as kid - solid propellants - this looks much safer.

  6. Frank Drebin

    Frank Drebin

    14 horas atrás

    Deceptive clickbait title: Not a rocket

  7. Gary O'Connor

    Gary O'Connor

    14 horas atrás

    Very Good, If you add a link of nylon up at the motor end and loop the chute lines via it it will come down nose up and not prop down

  8. Mike turner

    Mike turner

    14 horas atrás

    Very good test flight (12:00)!! Electric rocket gained a decent altitude considering your using super-caps. as only power source!! Great job, Tom!!

  9. Mike turner

    Mike turner

    15 horas atrás

    Early tests indicate a negative launch initiation! Hey...If at first you don't...etc.!!!

  10. Mike turner

    Mike turner

    15 horas atrás

    Electric propeller-driven rocket!

  11. hpmaxim


    15 horas atrás

    One obvious question is if you are charging the capacitor to 18V and stop at 6V you are only using 2/3rds of the capacity. Why not use a DC/DC converter to extract more energy from the capacitors?

    • Ricardo Domingos

      Ricardo Domingos

      7 horas atrás

      Just use a a remote controlled switch like a transistor and use full direct power the dc motor, electric motors can run for short amount of time very high above their rated values.

  12. Ben Cooley

    Ben Cooley

    15 horas atrás

    If you were to lightly glue 1 or 1 of these on the rocket body and wire it to supplement your charge, as long as you have a light source, your rocket should recharge indefinitely.

  13. dieselrotor


    16 horas atrás

    Yep, like many said contra rotating. They are easy to find these days. Cool and fun project, nice work.

  14. Julie Bronson

    Julie Bronson

    16 horas atrás

    Tom Stanton GENIUS in its design. Reminds me of that sci--fi film "This Island Earth" where they ordered super capacitors from an alien catalog. Now help us figure out the MANDELA EFFECT.

  15. Fred Schaff

    Fred Schaff

    17 horas atrás

    As an electronics engineer who started work in the 1950's, a 1.0µFarad capacitor was about the largest one could buy -- and use. Slowly, technology improved to, at the end of my career in the 1990's, perhaps 100µFarad capacitors were available but, WOWEE, each of those "SuperCapacitors" were 5.0Farads -- a million times more capacity than in my day. And the instant charging time compared to hours with Lithium-Ion batteries. Really great !!

  16. Bill


    23 horas atrás

    They say there is no such thing as perfect, but perfection is what I just witnessed with your rocket. Congratulations :-)

  17. billybbob18


    Dia atrás

    Get bigger caps.

  18. William Richard Pabst Cathey

    William Richard Pabst Cathey

    Dia atrás

    Very Good idea and project execution.

  19. Random Rc Projects

    Random Rc Projects

    Dia atrás

    Since these output lots of energy quickly couldn't they be used in electric cars for acceleration

  20. billy robins

    billy robins

    Dia atrás

    make an instant charge electric full size car, can not believe that has not been done yet

  21. Joseph Ososkie

    Joseph Ososkie

    Dia atrás

    Why am I watching this? The whole thing.

  22. arif anwari

    arif anwari

    Dia atrás

    might need to consider balance charging them caps. nice little project, thx for uploading.

  23. Elton Farina

    Elton Farina

    Dia atrás

    GOOD! ... but... Please, man, do not leave your radio loose on the grass, because the humidity will rust and ruin the radio.

  24. 五二一


    Dia atrás

    I can't wait you make this as a toy product for education, amazing

  25. markspc1


    Dia atrás


  26. Metal Kezzl

    Metal Kezzl

    Dia atrás

    if warriortrader was good noone would join the army for israel imperialism

  27. Karen Yung

    Karen Yung

    Dia atrás

    Can it deliver cheap prescription drugs over *DONALD J. TRUMP's Great Wall?*

  28. ac multiverse

    ac multiverse

    Dia atrás

    Why not to put a kind of electric reaction turbine instead?

  29. higgme1ster


    Dia atrás

    I hope the young man knows that is not a rocket.

  30. P M

    P M

    Dia atrás

    Hi Tom,I clicked your link above to sign up for Skillshare; however, it does not seem to be working. Is it still valid?

  31. forestsoceansmusic


    Dia atrás

    Very cool. It's a shame you kept shutting the motor off early on those launches that it had quite vertical flight. Mind you, it's nothing compared to my mate's old Sulphur + Zinc-dust fuel rockets. He simply filled a roughly 1-foot piece of PVC pipe (about 1/2-inch hollow inner diameter) with a simple mixture (NOT a chemical compound) of Sulphur and Zinc-dust (I forget the proportions now), made a fuse to it, and it always went straight up (till we could just barely see it) -- usually with one huge explosion (that might've been when he first used metal pipes), and the last time, his PVC pipe made this beautifully loud dull-throbbing sound as it powered its way to the road at the top of the huge paddock with tested it on. (We were relieved to see that it didn't make it to the road, but it was getting close!) I later read that the Sulphur and Zinc dust mix has more thrust than then even petrol and liquid oxygen. All that was in the early 1970's.

  32. fakshen1973


    Dia atrás

    WeeeEEeEEeEeeeeeeeeeee.. the sound just makes me laugh..

  33. Rob Graham

    Rob Graham

    2 dias atrás

    you list all your equipment but the drone

  34. sarcasmo57


    2 dias atrás

    That's a helicopter.

  35. elad sputnik

    elad sputnik

    2 dias atrás

    You confirmed Newtons 3rd Law. Congratulations.

  36. nnlark


    2 dias atrás

    That was fun to watch. Thanks for sharing!

  37. kirk creelman

    kirk creelman

    2 dias atrás

    ...badly shot "footage" . Really?

  38. Will Do

    Will Do

    2 dias atrás

    how you like that ds100 solder iron

  39. john cash

    john cash

    2 dias atrás

    P-factor wasn't considered here. Now was it.

  40. Parkuss


    2 dias atrás

    A propeller driven missile is not a rocket...

  41. Chris Baker

    Chris Baker

    2 dias atrás

    Tom, at 8:40 you are testing the charge and you have your face directly inline with the propeller. This is quite dangerous should the propeller decide to come apart. Doesn't happen often fortunately but I've been hit when one did. I've flown model airplanes for about 45 years and seen all kinds of crazy things that you wouldn't expect. Please at least wear safety glasses when doing stuff like this. I'm curious about your "charged enough" conclusions. How quickly will your battery discharge? 10C? 20C? what's the actual amp/hr rating and how did you charge it? Why don't you have a direct connection point to read out the voltage that the capacitors are reaching?

    • Mike turner

      Mike turner

      15 horas atrás


  42. Kieran Mullen

    Kieran Mullen

    2 dias atrás

    Why did you waste your time doing this wrong? Everything was made out of heavy PVC. All the model rockets kits you see are made from cardboard tubes and balsa wood fins. You could have adapted a pre made kit without all the nonsense and actually had much better results!

  43. Kaguya Houraisan

    Kaguya Houraisan

    2 dias atrás

    3:50 YAY! You made a ROTARY TOOL

  44. AI


    2 dias atrás

    Excellent Idea! Request. Would you please make a 3 Stage Super-Capacitor Rocket and add a modular cargo hold for a possible payload such as an altimeter.

  45. Doctor Branius

    Doctor Branius

    2 dias atrás

    wait i was expecting this to be launched as a regular rocket, and then have a controlled descent (no parachute) onto a launch pad or flat surface like falcon heavy, standing upright.

  46. Lilak Monoke

    Lilak Monoke

    2 dias atrás

    the young wernher von braun figuring out how to finally get revenge on the krauts!

  47. enilenis


    2 dias atrás

    An air torpedo.

  48. oz93666


    3 dias atrás

    Great work , very thought provoking .... But Li-ion has over 50 times the energy density of caps , and high discharge 18650 's can provide all the energy in a few minutes , essential for rockets ... ducted fans are also more efficient than bare props ... a rocket based on these two components should reach many Kms in altitude. 4 x 18650 cells ....190 gms ...... medium sized ducted fan with motor and controller .... 200gm ... rocket body .... 110 gm total mass 500gm ..... thrust 2Kg (20N) .... power 900W ... run time 2 mins .... initial acceleration 3g !!!

  49. Herp Derp

    Herp Derp

    3 dias atrás

    While an awesome little thing, calling it a rocket is a bit of false advertising. I was expecting you to find a way to overload the capacitors in such a way as to generate a pulse of thrust.

  50. Greg Jaskiewicz

    Greg Jaskiewicz

    3 dias atrás

    where did you get the super caps from please?

  51. Dumb Bo

    Dumb Bo

    3 dias atrás

    ummm, what is the definition of a rocket ? i would think a rocket is a projectile ( a missile ? ) powered by a rocket engine which is an engine that develops thrust through the ejection of mass at high velocity, generally through the combustion of fuel at high temperature with the combustion products ejected through a nozzle creating the high speed mass stream. the rocket (missile) thrusts in the opposite direction of the mass stream . (newtons 3rd law). what you have built is a missile that is propelled by a propeller that is driven by an electric motor that is powered by super capacitors. call it whatever you like, but to call it a rocket is misleading.

  52. Spacepig_ZA


    3 dias atrás

    Good Job!



    3 dias atrás

    Really nice project..

  54. Dark Stranger

    Dark Stranger

    3 dias atrás

    A few Drone rules broken there lol

  55. Cedric Proper

    Cedric Proper

    3 dias atrás

    Cool video. I like that you showed the failures as well as the successes. Good show.

  56. Benjamin Reyes

    Benjamin Reyes

    3 dias atrás

    Whats the part number for that super capacitor?

  57. ZoidsNut


    3 dias atrás

    The electric motor sounds so happy: "Whooooooooo!!..."

  58. talon55130


    3 dias atrás

    This seems to have potential for electric cars. A small 20 horse power engine to charge a small battery that charges the main power source for the motors being super capacitors with regeneration. A vehicle only needs massive horse power during acceleration. Cruising speed needs very little, only to maintain speed. The battery used for charging the capacitors acts as the charging storage device and as a voltage regulator. The engine only needs to provide the battery with a sufficient amount of power for keeping the capacitors topped off. At an extended stop the engine just idles. Turning the engine off actually saves you very little in fuel and greatly increases wear cycling on and off. Capacitor banks should have a greater energy discharge for acceleration, lighter weigh and far greater longevity and lower cost over battery packs. The engine for charging could be an extremely simple design as it's only use is to run a small generator. It would only have two speeds, operating and idle.

  59. emtboy9


    3 dias atrás

    @Russ Beckner Pictures you should come back this year (first weekend of August) and see just how it's grown in all those years.

  60. eternitynaut


    3 dias atrás

    Try with lithium titanate cells and add a way to control direction so the rocket keep going up instead of randomly sideways.

    • eternitynaut


      3 dias atrás

      +Natively Born American Which was accomplished, now it's time for a step up.

    • Natively Born American

      Natively Born American

      3 dias atrás

      The entire point was to demonstrate how super caps could be used to power the vehicle.

  61. Green Nights

    Green Nights

    4 dias atrás

    now I want to see the 18 cap version with rudder servos - just need to add the wing - VTOL. now I want make one.

  62. Nigel 900

    Nigel 900

    4 dias atrás


  63. Gastyz


    4 dias atrás

    *Elon Musk likes this video*

  64. JacobPug Poirier

    JacobPug Poirier

    4 dias atrás

    Rrrrooooooow 😂 every time it took off and made a small little sound like that...

  65. 4BoltClevo


    4 dias atrás

    3, 2, 1, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  66. The Dave

    The Dave

    4 dias atrás

    Always loved your work Tom, I think it would be more interesting if you had opened this film with a quick explanation about the properties, pros and cons of using supercaps instead of batteries; weight, capacity discharge rate ect. I know you did it a little later at the end of the video but if you had gone a bit more in depth in the beginning it would have made it more engaging and hold peoples attention better.

  67. koodude2313


    4 dias atrás

    13:59 Rofl that sound.



    4 dias atrás

    And British mist and fog is so thick that the drone and rocket got stuck in the sky

  69. Rick Bennette

    Rick Bennette

    4 dias atrás

    I try to imagine using something like this as the first stage of a conventional rocket in order to save fuel. Most rocket fuel is used in the first minute of flight, and perhaps electric power could get it off the ground before the chemical rockets of stage two were fired. The rocket would have to reach enough aerodynamic speed under electric power to sustain non powered flight for a few seconds between stage one separation and stage two firing, otherwise it would just be aerodynamic drag in the way when stage two fired. I'm not sure electric power could provide that amount of energy to lift a fully fueled rocket, but if it could, the first stage could descend under complete control using the last one or two percent of electric power, or even by auto-rotation like a disabled helicopter.

  70. Matthew Grotke

    Matthew Grotke

    4 dias atrás

    Awesome job.. could you put wings on it instead of a parachute, so when it goes sideways, it becomes a airplane?

  71. Mrekanietrie


    4 dias atrás

    The slide with the hand. It is delicious

  72. Joshua Middleton

    Joshua Middleton

    4 dias atrás

    What type of supercapacitor did you use, and where did you buy them? I had an idea for a similar project a few months ago and it is so cool to see that someone made it work.


    4 dias atrás

    Tom why not mount wings to the rocket and let It glide ? It woulb be Amazing

  74. Highspeedboom


    4 dias atrás

    try a ducked fan rocket , with side intakes, and then you can move the parashoot to the top and no more broke propellers. might need to find a moter that has a low amp draw with high kv, very challenging next step

  75. Nathan Mayo

    Nathan Mayo

    4 dias atrás

    Eureka !

  76. 5prevent8


    4 dias atrás

    Would have thought that ballasting the tail with the capacitors would help keep a more stable vertical trajectory - bearing in mind this is not a rocket.

  77. Creeperboy and friends

    Creeperboy and friends

    4 dias atrás

    Lmao the rocket was like WHEEEEEEE as it launched

  78. Creeperboy and friends

    Creeperboy and friends

    4 dias atrás

    Is it really a rocket if it has mechanically rather than chemically induced propulsion? I have an idea. Make an ion thruster rocket powered by these supercapacitors.

  79. new name

    new name

    4 dias atrás

    Uhm, an electrolytical cap does store energy chemically too..

    • Elizabeth Brown

      Elizabeth Brown

      2 dias atrás

      No it doesn't. An electrolytic capacitor stores electric charge in the form of electrons on one plate and absence of electrons on the other plate. No chemical change takes place at all

  80. cowboy6591


    4 dias atrás

    The ESC is what shuts off the motor at 6 volts. It's trying to safe guard your supposed lipo's. If you can find an ESC that does not do that you'll get more snot out of your capacitors...Speed controllers SURGE when the power gets low also.... It's a "Time to land" warning.

  81. William B

    William B

    4 dias atrás

    Takes a lot of patience Tom, also the number of test runs one can tolerate as it thumps against one's brain box telling you of another damn fizzer or failure. I admire your sound grasp of the array of functions capable through the medium of electrical energy storage devices. In times now long gone, your now knowledge would be an equivalent of a 1930s scientist. You have a type of low-temperature liquid tungsten flowing through your vascular system, that enables you to withstand the rigors of a lengthy testing and trials program. A fine credit to your good self Tom.

  82. ben dover

    ben dover

    5 dias atrás

    i was hoping that you where using the capacitors as a electrocution warhead, kinda sad

  83. Kim Kietzman

    Kim Kietzman

    5 dias atrás

    A blade could take an eye quickly. Especially likely after it hit the ground a few times.

  84. Kim Kietzman

    Kim Kietzman

    5 dias atrás

    Safety glasses?

  85. Max Headrom

    Max Headrom

    5 dias atrás

    After looking for a long time I found out how supercapacitors work: they're not special capacitors, they're special li-ion batteries. Very cool devices!

  86. Philip Dawes

    Philip Dawes

    5 dias atrás

    Congratulations. Can I sign you up for NASA's next rocket to the Moon?

  87. 3DPDK


    5 dias atrás

    On a breezy day this would be completely unmanageable due to what you mention, the pendulum effect from a top mounted thrust unit - it absolutely does matter to stability in rocket flight dynamics. As clumsy as it may look, a shock cord from the parachute, attached to the thrust unit would keep the rocket from landing on it's propeller. As a former el' tech this was interesting to see a demonstration of the energy storage capability of a super cap. Working with microwave and digital signals you don't really run into them enough to gain an understanding of the device. This was an excellent way to show how much energy they can store.

  88. mididoctors


    5 dias atrás

    Not really ba rocket.....more s unstabilsed odd configuration helicopter

  89. Cyberdactyl


    5 dias atrás

    I cringe every time you have your eyes in the same plane as the spinning prop.

  90. Paul Crawford

    Paul Crawford

    5 dias atrás

    great job.. how high did it go then? Max rate of accelaration. Do they discharge in a exponential manner like a normal capacitor ... does that mean the propellor turn fastest at start and decreases exponentially?

  91. Zizzy Dizzy

    Zizzy Dizzy

    5 dias atrás

    You have a lot of subscribers so I don't know if you'll see this, but do you have any recommended brushless motor + ESC modules? I've never used them before but I need a couple different sizes for a couple projects. Yours does look really small and powerful, which would make them perfect for what I want to do.

  92. Dean Gulevski

    Dean Gulevski

    5 dias atrás

    6 X 500F caps ???

  93. Stephen


    5 dias atrás

    Great Job Tom.. I learned alot!

  94. Mr Hist

    Mr Hist

    5 dias atrás

    Why the downvotes? so much time put in to these video's

  95. Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson

    5 dias atrás

    To me, this is good fun work! Awesome!

  96. King Of Caws

    King Of Caws

    5 dias atrás

    use the capacitor to get it up to speed and batteries to keep it there

  97. Richard Driskill

    Richard Driskill

    5 dias atrás

    Good job. 755,000 views and counting on the first day!

  98. Abe Coulter

    Abe Coulter

    5 dias atrás

    Touching a capacitor that has stored current can be quite shocking

  99. seachangeau


    5 dias atrás

    So in my audio play i power our time machine with a supersuperduper capacitor the Thornhill capacitor which recharges itself via the Birkeland currents in space.

  100. seachangeau


    5 dias atrás

    My kitten is a capacitor

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