Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Maker Faire

Posted on May 19, 2010


The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is landing at Maker Faire this weekend, May 22nd and 23rd!  Get your tickets here. Visit the world’s largest maker event, marvel at the incredible intersection it illustrates between art, science, and engineering and don’t miss the chance to tour the 36 foot tall retro rocketship at the heart of it all. See the engine room with it’s high voltage plasma drive engine, alien biological specimens, crew quarters and navigational devices, and sit atop the whole thing, where you can recline on your back in the captains chair. Prepare for blastoff! And while you are in the engine room, don’t miss my rayguns!

We highly recommend public transportation, as parking can take a very long time. Caltrain is only a ten minute walk from the San Mateo Fairgrounds.

Here is a set of photos I shot at NASA Aimes Research Center, where we recently installed the rocketship for Yuri’s Night, 2010.  The two day event took place on the tarmac, amid blimp hangers, aerial observatories, and test jets.  Performers included the Black Keys, Common, Beats Antique, and Les Claypool.  I missed the party itself, but was fortunate enough to join the crew for the installation.  Scroll down for more, including a time-lapse video of the installation from Almost Scientific, as well as galleries from the inaugural show of Five Ton Crane.

People always ask “how did it get here?” We tell them it flew. Actually, it comes apart into several sections, which you can see come together in this timelapse from Almost Scientific.

How to assemble a Raygun Gothic Rocketship from Almost Scientific on Vimeo.

Happy happy:

Dr. Rorie’s digital slr beats my iphone any day of the week, and he is a skilled photographer too. Check out this gorgeous set from NASA:

Pew! Pew! It’s a blast to the past… here are a few shots from the Five Ton Crane show at Warehouse 416: Thanks to SeanO and Almost Scientific for these.
5TC- Sunny & Alan