John MaushammerJohn reverse engineered the firmware in all three Pure Digital disposable cameras and figured out how to connect them to home computers. While not technically a rocket scientist, he has designed hardware and software for satellites.
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Hack a $30, single-use camcorder to make it reusable, then launch it up in a model rocket and capture thrilling astronaut's view footage of high-speed neighborhood escape and re-entry.
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