The rocket bike is capable of traveling from 0 to 60 miles an hour in just five seconds.
(PopSci.comexternal link) -- For rocket designer Tim Pickens, a rocket on two wheels is the next best thing to a spaceship.
"At heart we're a bunch of guys wanting to go to space, and we can't afford it," says Pickens of himself and his rocket-scientist brethren, most of whom never get to ride their own creations. "Basically it's my own subscale space program."
Pickens, president of rocket-design firm Orion Propulsion, created his first rocket bike with fellow speed enthusiast Glenn May by bolting a 35-pound-thrust rocket engine to Pickens's bike -- enough power for a gentle push down the road....