AeroTech vs. Clark County Lawsuit Information & Resources
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Motor Testing (Mark Clark, Chair) is pleased to announce the certification of
the J350W motor with modified 1/2 inch core grains. This motor is considered a
new certification and has the following parameters:
TMT Metric - J445(3%
Case - 38/720
Propellant Weight - 361.1 grams
Nozzle Throat - .292"
Thrust - 670 NS
Max Thrust - 822.5 NS
Avg Thrust - 445 NS
Burn Time -
Certified until 31 Dec 2005
All motors using grains with
labels indicating ".5 inch core" and "J350 use only" are now
usable at all Tripoli Rocketry Association, National Association of Rocketry and
Canadian Association of Rocketry events and are approved for Level 2 certifications.
Older reload kits with the original .42 inch core grains will continue to be certified
under the original documents until 30 December 2002 or until re-certified by AeroTech.
is pleased to provide the following update on the status of its new propellant
and rocket motor manufacturing facility in Cedar City, Utah.
completion date of the Utah facility continues to be delayed due to the insurance
company's failure to pay legitimate insurance claims in a timely manner. AeroTech
is investigating legal remedies to help expedite this process.
As of Monday,
October 30 most of the door handles were installed and much of the painting was
complete. A removable section of mezzanine safety railing that was critical to
the granting of occupancy had been installed. The exterior AP storage bunker was
still awaiting roof and door installation, and other areas of the building such
as the high power motor magazine bunker and the enclosed static test cell were
still in various stages of completion. Click here
to see the latest photos on the AeroTech Cedar City Facility Progress page.
manufacturing at Ellis Mountain Rocket Works is planned to continue until the
Utah facility is fully operational.
AeroTech appreciates its customers'
patience as it looks forward to realizing its goal of resuming full production
at the earliest opportunity, and filling all backorders in the shortest time possible
Responds to the Nevada Department of Public Safety Report
the aftermath of the tragic events of October 15, 2001, the Clark County Executive
asked that the Nevada Department of Public Safety conduct an investigation into
"the actions of the Clark County Fire Department before, during and after
the fire that occurred at AeroTech." The report resulting from that investigation
was released by Clark County on August 9, 2002...
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Lawsuit to Proceed
Judge Pro Rules in Favor of AeroTech on Key Issues
an order issued August 26, 2002, Federal District Judge Philip Pro ruled that
AeroTech's Civil rights lawsuit against Clark County would proceed. The lawsuit
against Clark County, the Clark County Fire Department, Fire Chief Earl Green,
two named Clark County fire inspectors and Titanium Metals Corporation was originally
filed by AeroTech in March 2002. Almost immediately, each of the defendants filed
separate motions to dismiss the case in its entirety based on a variety of arguments...
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J350W Field Modifications/Warranty Procedures
AeroTech is offering two options for those individuals currently in possession
of J350W reloads. A percentage of these reload grains manufactured between 5/1/02
and 7/4/02 may have been compromised by environmental conditions, during manufacture,
which may lead to failure shortly after ignition. An indication of this condition
would be grains that are excessively soft or spongy.
two options consist of:
1. Grain replacement with new grains as they become
available from our Utah facility later this summer.
2. Field modification
of the (harder) grains. This procedure has been field tested at LDRS and has been
formally submitted to Tripoli as a manufacturer approved modification.
For those grains which are deemed suspect and are not felt to be hard enough for
the field modification, AeroTech will ship replacement grains to high power dealers
for distribution from their stores or at launches.
to have the grains replaced need to contact AeroTech warranty at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (fax) 702-641-1883. Please include the following information: number of reloads,
date purchased, purchased from, to which dealer should be the replacement grains
be sent to and any other information deemed pertinent to the warranty.
The field modification consists of the following:
Older (harder) grains may
be modified by the end user by drilling, with a 1/2 diameter twist drill,
BY HAND ONLY.
This is performed by twisting the drill bit half way through
from both ends of the grain and then reaming through to completion.
for the motor should be drilled to the same 1/2 diameter although field
experience has shown that only one or two grains , drilled to 1/2 and placed
at the nozzle end of the motor resulted in no failures.
by this operation should be disposed by burning (using electric ignition) in an
isolated area, observing prudent fire precautions.
The White Lightning
propellant currently being cast in Texas has been reformulated to increase hardness
and the new J350W grains will be machined to .500 (1/2 inch core diameter).
New J350W grains made after July 16th will be identified for use with J350W motors
only and will have distinctive new labels on the grains and on the 12-pack box
The new propellant facility in Utah will be climate controlled
and will provide the permanent solution to this issue.
regrets any inconvenience to its customers due to this situation.
Any questions with regards to this e-mail can be directed to Mike Martens at email@example.com
or by phone (702-) 641-2301.
AeroTech Statement on
J350W Reliability and Warranty Issues
AeroTech wishes to inform
its customers that it has identified an issue with 38mm White Lightning propellant
grains manufactured between 5/1/02 and 6/5/02. These are grains that were manufactured
with the assistance of Ellis Mountain Motor Works in Texas, and were shipped in
boxes identifying them for use with H123W, I161W, I211W, I284W and J350W reload
parts kits. The problem appears to only involve the above mentioned grains when
used in conjunction with a J350W reload parts kit.
An unusually high
percentage of J350W motors loaded with the suspect grains have been reported to
fail catastrophically at ignition. The direct cause of this anomaly appears to
be "critical modulus failure", in which the aft (nozzle end) grain is
deformed during operation and constricts the core opening to the point where the
pressure inside the motor casing exceeds design limits.
AeroTech is still
researching the cause of the problem, and believes that it may be related to increased
moisture at the point of manufacture interfering with the propellant binder cure
reaction. Some customers have related that the suspect grains have a "spongy"
or "soft" consistency, which would normally be evidence of cure interference.
Soft propellant is more vulnerable to critical modulus failure in long motor designs
like the J350W.
Adjustments have been made to the White Lightning propellant
formulation to increase its hardness, and grains using this propellant are being
delivered to AeroTech's dealers at LDRS-21. Several J350W motors have been tested
using the harder propellant with no failures. Boxes containing the harder propellant
grains can be identified with the "J350W" marking on the box label highlighted
in yellow. Labels on boxes containing the softer propellant have the "J350W"
designation blacked out and MUST NOT be used with J350W reload parts kits. Please
see your AeroTech dealer for replacement or exchange of the suspect propellant
grains. NOTE: The grains in the highlighted 38mm grain boxes may also be used
with the other 38mm White Lightning reload parts kits.
to its customers for any problems this issue has caused them. The J350W has historically
been one of AeroTech's most popular and reliable high power motors. It is AeroTech's
policy to continue to innovate and improve existing products including reducing
rates of failure. AeroTech's customers can be assured that AeroTech will fulfill
its warranty obligations related to failures of the J350W or any other AeroTech
product. AeroTech has placed a special order for 38/720 motor hardware in anticipation
of receiving J350W warranty claims.
Announces Availability of the Largest Certified High-Power Motor, the N4800T
is pleased to announce the availability of the largest certified high-power Reloadable
Motor System (RMS),
the RMS-98/18000 N4800T. Originally developed for the Gates Brothers for use in
their Porthos II rocket flown at last year's Black Rock XIII launch, the N4800T
will soon be available to the general certified flying public. This motor sets
new standards for high-power rocketry with performance and design features never
See the N4800T in action at the following web address:
The N4800T has been tested by the Tripoli Motor Testing (TMT) committee
and has been granted Tripoli certification. Technical specifications are as follows:
Hardware designation: RMS-98/18000
Reload designation: N4800T
Case length: 47.5
Loaded weight: 33.0 pounds
Propellant weight: 21.1 pounds
Propellant type: Blue Thunder
Initial thrust: 1,483 pounds
Peak thrust: 1,483 pounds
impulse: 4,353 pound-seconds (19,361 N-sec)
Burn time: 4.5 seconds
impulse (delivered): 206.3 seconds
N4800T uses a single propellant grain with a partial slotted-tube grain geometry
bonded directly into a phenolic liner. The grain has a small center perforation
for high volumetric efficiency with cruciform slots running approximately 1/3
length of the core on the aft end to boost initial thrust and create a more neutral
time-thrust profile. The N4800T produces nearly 1,500 lbs. of thrust at ignition,
then gradually regresses until burnout. A head-end "instant-on" ignition
system is being researched and is planned for availability as an option late in
The N4800T is perfect for use in large and heavy rockets flown
to moderate altitudes, but can also be used in minimum diameter airframes to achieve
extreme altitudes and velocities that were previously unattainable in high-power
Because of its special design characteristics, the N4800T will
be sold as a complete "factory loaded" assembly shipped in a UN4C wooden
crate. After use, the motor hardware is cleaned and returned in its crate to AeroTech
for reloading. The N4800T will be available via special order through AeroTech's
existing high-power motor distribution network. AeroTech will begin accepting
pre-orders immediately in order to plan production at its new Cedar City, Utah
motor manufacturing plant. Delivery of motors is scheduled for the fall 2002 flying
season. Please contact your favorite Restricted Access
dealer for motor and factory reload pricing.
Important Dealer Note: The
N4800T is a Restricted Access
product which requires that you have a copy of your low explosive dealer license
(LEDL) on file with AeroTech before placing an order for this or any Restricted
product. And all out-of-state sales of Restricted Access products must be to appropriately
certified NAR or Tripoli members who possess a valid low explosive user permit
If you have any questions regarding the N4800T or would like
information about other currently available AeroTech Consumer Aerospace products,
please visit our website at www.aerotech-rocketry.com
or contact Mike Martens by calling (702) 641-2301 weekdays from 8-5 pm PST.