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



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.