This is going to be exciting for those of you who have been contemplating starting your own ballistic missile program.
I’m endlessly amazed by the amount of effort that some people put into creating accessible, interesting, and detailed videos explaining various stuff. The videos I have recently been consuming about naval warfare (drachinifiel) are hugely detailed, well thought-out, scoped, and funny. I’ve done bits of video editing and recording and I have to say it’s not easy at all – you can basically sink an infinite amount of time into it, if you’re a perfectionist.
This fellow intersperses his explanations with models and illustrations, which are interesting and a bit quirky. Also, he appears to have hands on access to large collections of V-2 rocket parts. That’s a trick because there are not that many V-2s around.
Here’s a walkthrough of how the turbopump for a V-2 worked. Mild spoiler: how many of you knew that a V-2’s turbopump was steam-powered? Well, it’s chemically generated steam, but that’s still pretty damn impressive.
Also, in case any of you have not heard it, here’s Tom Lehrer singing an ode to Wernher Von Braun:
“… the widows and cripples in old London Town, who owe their large pensions to Wernher Von Braun…”