You cannot fail to be impressed by this.
I particularly like the recovery system -
and it ALL worked!
That is neat! I wonder how high they got it.
Pretty cool! It was a lot more stable going up than I expected it to be.
I like it.
I imagine it was the result of the rotary motion of the thing and a not very well placed microphone, but it sure sounded like a steam engine. Makes you wonder what could be done with that type of gizmo using a NASA size budget.
Unbelievable ! I played (still do) with model rocketry and that is the coolest thing I ever saw !
A giant fireworks display.
Yes, that was very impressive! What looked like a launch pad explosion showed the craft slowly rising out of the huge smoke cloud. Took some impressive homebrew talent to pull that off.
I'm actually now in Thailand; lots of Chinese tourists here for their New Year.
What made it rise was the the center wings...they're positioned for lift. Made one of those when I was a kid, much smaller than that one (2' diameter), but it did about the same thing, didn't go as high. The parachute is positioned in the center hub, it deploys when the damn thing falls, just like that one did.
I estimate that it reached about 1300' high.
From the size of the people, it's about 20' diameter. Each turn lifts it about 1.5 diameters or 30'. Then count the turns....