could a large 12ft model rocket be used to launch a probe into space, such as a telescope?
No.could a large 12ft model rocket be used to launch a probe into space, such as a telescope?
You simply get yourself 30 km up in the air and don't need to make it up using the rocket. It makes it easier to get into space, but not to get into orbit. Getting into an orbit requires accelerating from near zero to about 8 km/s for a low Earth orbit.What happens if you launch it from a ballon? Amateurs get ballons up to 30km+.
Probably 4 ballons with the rocket between them, and use a RC/unit with an arduino or raspberry pi to control levelling and launching.
8 km/s where are you getting that figure?.....That's 23 times the speed of sound. The max speed of the space shuttle was 1.3 km/s
Escape elocity for the earth is a little more than 11 km/s.If you were to use all your kinetic energy at the surface of the earth in 1 instant (time approaches 0 or power approaches infinity), you would need about 8 km/s as an initial velocity. This is the definition of "escape velocity".