Rocket Scientists Like The VAIO

The first rocket to reach the moon had less computing power than today’s Sony VAIO notebook. Which raised the question: can a Sony VAIO laptop with Intel processors launch a rocket into space?

To test the premise, 180LA paired eight brilliant high school students with Tom Atchison, founder of Rocket Mavericks, using Sony VAIO laptops with Intel Core Processors, to design, build and launch a 29-foot tall, 1,100-pound rocket into the stratosphere.
The kids successfully launched the rocket in the Nevada Desert last week. The rocket soared over 147,000 feet and reached a top speed of 2.8 mach. See the entire story this fall on the Science Channel or learn more at

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