When a friend asks the Rocket City Rednecks to demolish an old shack on his pasture, Travis sees this as an opportunity to tackle a problem that has been on his mind: creating reliable non-TNT-based explosives that could be used by the military. The guys have an explosion contest to test a series of non-gunpowder-based materials. Each team builds “bombs” out of everything from gunpowder to gasoline to see which blows up best. The winning team gets to lead the guys in blowing up the old shack.
The shack is an old-fashioned one-room building made of thick lumber. High-explosives like dynamite are effective – but you need a license. The guys need to make their demolition device out of household materials and stuff around the garage. Travis wants to build an elaborate device powered by welding gas. Rog wants to use a pile of gunpowder – because he’s seen it work on a million cowboy movies. The Rednecks decide to break into teams to build miniature versions of their explosive devices. The test targets will be two outhouses. The team that creates the most explosive device wins – and ends up sending the old shack sky high, engulfed in a 40-foot fireball that spirals upwards in a mushroom cloud. Tune in tonight at 9P to Rocket City Rednecks: Down Home Demolition to find out which team pulled it off.
Then, at 9:30 on Rocket City Rednecks: Tsunami Survival Pod, the massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan inspires the Rednecks to create a mobile disaster shelter – a survival pod. Beginning with an 800 gallon water tank, they armor the exterior with spray foam, steel and fiberglass – to defend against explosions, earthquake debris and fires. They add giant wheels that will roll over debris and paddles that will keep the pod afloat and let it move through open water. When they have their pod finished, the guys strap themselves in and prepare for a homemade obstacle course involving mock tsunamis, spike strips, brick walls open water and explosions.
Travis Taylor is over on Huffington Post today talking about the importance of the space program, math, physics, chemistry, and engineering:
Research from the Apollo program also led, quite directly, to the technologies that power CAT scans and MRIs, two medical innovations that now play an absolutely critical role in diagnostics but are also opening our minds to the mysteries of the brain and the way we perceive the world. Not much later, instant replay technology developed by the Apollo program was repurposed for sports broadcast, powering the Instant Replay now essential to the multi-billion dollar American sports industry. And, most recently, military technology created to train soldiers on simulated battlefields led to the 3D televisions that brighten our lives, as well as Hollywood’s bottom line.
In other words, the potential of the space program is no longer just potential. America has proved beyond a doubt that serious investment in our space program yields measurable returns that range from massive economic growth to boosted educational levels to the creation of new technologies that previous generations of scientists could only dream of.
Catch the full article here: Time for Another American Leap and don’t miss all-new episodes of Rocket City Rednecks tonight at 9 & 9:30P.