When trying to describe the subculture of high power rocketry to my non-rocket flying friends (ie, most of the people I know), I often include this vignette. Rocket people like acronyms – maybe because of NASA? And a lot of our launches are named with acronyms: LDRS (Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships), NSL (National Sport Launch), etc. And then some of the launches are spelled in all-caps to sound like acronyms, but are really just about testicles. Case in point: BALLS.

Check out this compilation of video from this year’s BALLS (the 18th annual) in Nevada’s Black Rock desert. Highlights are the keg of beer launched at 1:10, the 3-stage flight to ~60,000 feet at 4:00, and the various crashes and explosions throughout:


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