The Phoenix

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Oh Tanen-BOOM, Oh Tanen-BOOM, How Lovely Are Your Flames of Death

Christmas and science DO go together!

Earlier this year, two brothers from Spokane, WA decided to use a little science when it came to disposing of their Christmas tree. Instead of laying it out for the garbage collector to pick it up, they decided to be a little more creative.

Launch it like a rocket!

John and Jeremy Ulmen had to do a lot of math in order to figure out everything from proper thrust, aerodynamics, gravity, and velocity to get the tree to launch correctly. John was a Ph.D candidate at Stanford specializing in robotic control systems, so I'm sure his parents are so happy he was able to put that Standford education to good use.

I'm hoping for 2011, they add a little pazazz to the show. Maybe add a couple reindeer and Santa with his sleigh to the tree when they send it into orbit.

Enjoy their Christmas tree launch below.

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Blogger Phats said...

OH MY GOSH that is so awesome!!! hahaha what a great idea

12/13/2010 11:32 PM  
Blogger the weirdgirl said...

That is some dedication to science! And Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Phoenix!

12/21/2010 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's thrilling! That tree really was a BLAST! It would have been awesome to see that live.
Ho Ho Ho and all that jazz! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

12/23/2010 2:33 PM  
Blogger Phats said...

Hope you and your family have a great holiday Phoenix!

12/24/2010 1:34 AM  
Blogger delmer said...


I hope you had a great Christmas.

12/30/2010 7:53 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

I always liked sparklers on my Christmas trees.

1/28/2011 10:07 AM  
Blogger cube said...

Not bad. Can you think of a more dazzling way to dispose of a Christmas tree?

2/17/2011 6:45 PM  
Blogger cube said...

Just checking in... Hope all is well.

2/24/2011 2:46 PM  
Blogger Mr. Shife said...

Frickin' awesome. This is wicked cool. Thanks for sharing this.

2/24/2011 8:41 PM  

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