A couple of weeks ago I bought a cheap used Oculus Rift VR headset. I’ve always wanted a VR headset, from the moment Oculus launched their development kits 2012. It’s now at a point where gaming can be brought to the next level, and it’s so fucking awesome. Obviously the tech can be made better, but it’s already really immersive.
Because I develop my own games I of course had to try to make something for my new Rift. And because of my passion for rockets, the first thing I’ve decided to make is real-size rockets! Well… The fistthing I made was a table with some cubes that I could throw around. But then!
Blue Origin’s “New Shepard” rocket is quite small, but then it’s not an orbital rocket. But when I made this a couple of days ago and saw it for the first time in VR it blew my mind. That thing’s big!
I’m quite happy that I decided not to make the biggest, baddest rockets first, because by making the rockets of increasingly bigger size my mind can be continously blown!
I think I’m gonna make Rocket Lab’s “Electron” rocket, and then SpaceX’s Falcon 1 maybe. It’s gonna be good! I have a vision of a small VR experience that shows you a bunch of rockets in true scale.
Today I took some pictures of me in some fancy clothes, and on one of them, I chose to do this very extreme/silly face. Then when I moved them to my PC, I decided to edit it. I extremeified my features and I think I got a really cool picture! I think it still might be a little too realistic to look awesome, so maybe I needed to do some flesh rotting or something… But that’s not where my ‘shopping skillz are at yet! 😀
I’ve also been a part of some game jams these past few weeks, which has been awesome. I’ve created some new games, the first new ones since I started working in my new job (in a mobile game company). So I’m happy to have the time now to do little projects here and there.
I’m currently in the middle of building my very first model rocket. A real rocket that will fly! It’s going to be awesome to see it (hopefully) fly!
I have ordered some cheap PVC parts and crafted some of my own parts already. It’s a new hobby of mine and I’m really excited to get further into the nerdery 😀
I have so far crafted the fins, nose cone, parachute protection (from blast that will shoot it out), and some matchstick remote igniters.
I have ordered and just recieved: A PVC pipe that will become the body of the rocket, a PVC mount/cap to fit inside of the body for the motors and the shell of said motors.
I thought up until yesterday that it would be a “sugar-powered” rocket – powered by a mix of powdered sugar (C12H22O11 ) and Potassium Nitrate (KNO3). But sadly that’s illegal here in Denmark, and so is ordering a small solid rocket engine from the web. It’s legal in the USA and some other countries in Europa. I will now take a look at legal alternatives to power my rocket. THIS THING WILL FLY, DAMMIT!
There’s a lot of things I’m looking forward to this year, including but not limited to: Getting accepted into university, space stuff (SpaceX, Blue Origin, etc.), getting my drivers license & getting into model rocketry.
2018 was a really fun year for me. I traveled with friends, youtube’d a lot, got a new desk and watched 45% of all Classic Doctor Who. I turned 20, which in and of itself isn’t really something spectacular, but hey, I’m not a teenager anymore I guess! I got a job in the games industry! I was hired in October and started as a Level Designer in a medium sized games company in Copenhagen. It’s been so exciting getting a job in the industry I want to work in.
Obviously, everything wasn’t perfect. For example, I didn’t pass my drivers test in the first try. But we all have our ups and downs and that’s life. We should all just try to have a positive mental attitude! 😀
I hope everyone has a absolutely fantastic and brilliant 2019!