ROCKET HOBBY NEWS ARCHIVE

NARAM 2000 kicks off in Colorado!
(ROL Newswire) -- Over 200 registered participants have decended on Canon City, Colorado for a week of rocket flying fun and competition. NARAM-42 represents a year of intensive planning and preparation by the COSROC and CRASH NAR Sections led by Contest Director Ken Mizoi. The first "official" NARAM event began Thursday and Friday with the NAR Board of Trustees meeting. Saturday morning we christened our launch site, several hundred acres of rolling land located next to the Fremont County, CO Airport. The property is owned by Vern Estes, one of the founders of the sport rocket hobby. (8.2.00)

Huge new telescope to scan skies for ET
With millions of dollars in funding pledged by two of the men behind software giant Microsoft, the search for intelligent life on other planets got a big boost Tuesday as officials unveiled plans for a massive new telescope to scan the skies. (8.2.00)

b2 Rocketry announces new products shipping
Savannah, GA (ROL Newswire) -- The b2 Rocketry Company is pleased to announce new recovery system products are now shipping! Items included are the SkyAngle Deployment FreeBag, The SkyAngle Classic II line of parachutes, and individual nickel-plated swivels. (7.21.00)

First Launches held at new Texas site
The first public launch held at the new McGregor site, hosted by DARS and Tripoli North Texas, took place on July 8th. The launch was just declared public on the first of July, and was advertised only by word of mouth, yet there were 73 fliers putting in 90 high powered flights and 100 model flights. (7.21.00)

LDRS XX to be Held at Lucerne Dry Lake Bed
Extreme Rocketry reports that Rocketry Organization of California (ROC) has announced they will be hosting LDRS XX at Lucerne Dry Lake, California. LDRS is the annual Tripoli Rocketry Association national launch and LDRS XIX just concluded in Orangeburg, S.C. on July 1-4. (7.12.00)

Advertising blasts off
As the living quarters for the International Space Station were thrust into orbit Wednesday morning, the world of advertising was also thrust into a new frontier. Emblazoned on one side of the Proton rocket sending the Zvezda module to the space station was a 30-foot-tall Pizza Hut logo. While the marketing ploy burned up minutes into the flight, as the rocket’s first stage separated, its impact will be long-lasting. Since Pizza Hut announced the deal last year, space-age sponsors have been lining up. (7.12.00)

NARAM 2000 Waiver Cancelled
After three weeks of unsuccessful negotiations with the FAA, Dan Wolf, National Events Chairperson for the National Association of Rocketry, inform the NAR membership and NARAM 2000 attendees that the Federal Aviation Administration denied the waiver application for the NARAM 2000 launch. (7.6.00)

Atlas rocket puts NASA communication satellite into orbit
The first of a new generation of advanced communication satellites thundered into orbit Friday to provide data and voice links to space shuttles, the International Space Station and other spacecraft. (7.6.00)

Georgia Loses Large Launch Site
Struggles to maintain launch sites in Georgia have been dealt another blow this week with the official announcement that the Super Sod site at Perry, Georgia has been closed to any future launch activities. The word was delivered from Super Sod's corporate office late last week while negotiations were underway amid recent allegations over experimental launch activities held there. (6.29.00)

A ‘big step up’ for space station
JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas—Russia is finally set to launch the living quarters of the International Space Station, two years after it was scheduled to go into orbit, but NASA managers said Wednesday that the wait was not all bad. (6.29.00)

Radio Shack to Sponsor Lunar Rover
(CNN) -- RadioShack Corp. hopes to raise its profile to astronomical heights by placing its logo on a robotic rover that will explore the surface of the moon for signs of water. As part of a sponsorship deal, the electronics giant agreed to contribute millions of dollars to LunaCorp., a small space exploration start-up planning to land a mobile lunar probe in 2003. (6.21.00)

Millionaire wants to be on Mir
A rocket scientist who made his fortune in the financial markets says he has “the right stuff” for a passenger flight to the 14-year-old Mir space station. The station’s private backers agree, saying that 59-year-old Dennis Tito is on track to become the first of what they hope will be legions of spacebound “citizen explorers.” (6.21.00)

Rocketman Enterprises,Inc. has the new LDRS XIX hats available
It has a red, white and blue flag design on the bill and the hat is white with LDRS XIX, Orangeburg SC silk screened on the front in blue and red. This is a high quality hat and is sure to be a hit as a LDRS souvenir. (6.13.00)

'Failure Is Not an Option' – Former NASA flight director tells inside story
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Just about everybody thinks he said it. He wishes he had. But Gene Kranz, Mission Control's feisty flight director, never, ever said "failure is not an option" as Apollo 13 lurched toward the moon. Hollywood came up with the catch phrase. Kranz liked it so much he borrowed it for the title of his new book about America's early space program as seen from his seat inside Mission Control. (6.13.00)

New Rocket Rage Web Site Launched
Extreme Rocketry reports a new site, Rocket Rage was launched Tuesday. The goal of the site is, "to provide you with affordable, reliable, and durable recovery components. We accomplish that mission by using fine materials and quality craftsmanship to make every product." (6.1.00)

All systems go for new space home
AP MOSCOW, May 31 —  After many months of delay, a critical Russian-built segment of the International Space Station has passed all tests in plenty of time for its July launch, the Russian space agency said Wednesday. (6.1.00)

RocStock XI is Coming! - May 23rd, 2000
Wild Rocketry reports that with only 16 days left to finish up projects, people from around the country are gearing up for one of the biggest launches of the year. R.O.C.'s RocStock events bring out hundreds of flyers and tons of spectators. (5.24.00)

Images reveal lakes, snow, geysers on Jupiter moon Io
New close-up images of Jupiter's moon Io show a hellish world of poison gas plumes, erupting molten rock and yellow fields of snow. Snapped by the Galileo spacecraft during three flybys, the photos zoom in on yellowish sulfuric plains, interspersed with streaks of green and patches of red, superhot lava lakes and giant mountain ranges. Full Story (5.24.00)

Shuttle poised for flight to boost slumping space station
The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off Friday shortly before dawn on a mission to restock and repair the International Space Station, following a month of frustrating launch delays. Full Story (5.18.00)

Peter Alway's Retro Rockets Reviewed
Always known for his scale data, Peter Alway put together this collection of rocket history and scale data from 1926 - 1941. If you have read Peter's books in the past you already know this is a winner, if you haven't, find out what you have been missing. Full Story (5.18.00)

Download HellFire ScreenSaver
Full of pictures from HellFires past. Let everyone in your office know you're a Rocketeer. Download available at http://www.uroc.org/html/hellfire.html (5.9.00)

Titan launches military satellite
ASSOCIATED PRESS – CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., The U.S. Air Force Monday launched a critically needed defense warning satellite after three consecutive failures of the troubled Titan rocket at Cape Canaveral. (5.9.00)

Celebrating space
There are days to celebrate religious events, days to celebrate the birth of your country and one special day to celebrate your birthday. But how about a day to celebrate space? (5.3.00)

Camera Carrier
Steve Roberson built this new camera carrier to replace one that crashed last February.  This new carrier is made of G10 fiberglass sheet all bolted together with strong angled aluminum. This one should be much stronger than any previous system. (5.3.00)

NASA releases new asteroid flyover movie
LAUREL, Maryland (CNN) -- The NEAR Shoemaker has directed a four-movie marathon, all starring an asteroid it orbits millions of miles from Earth. NEAR scientists released the first of the new flyby films of the potato-shaped space rock on Friday. (4.27.00)

RocZilla II Update - April 24th, 2000
It looked good all the way up until a malfunction of the ejection charges caused two of them to go off at the same time spelling doom for RocZilla II. (4.27.00)

TRIPOLI EMAIL NOT WORKING
In another strange twist of fate, while NAR now has operational email after a short period of problems, Tripoli has announced their email is no longer working. They are currently requesting all Tripoli email be sent to Bruce Lee until the problem can be fixed. (4.18.00)

Hoping to cash in on the “X-Files” factor
An American company has posted Russian satellite images of Nevada’s Area 51, the supersecret military complex that has been the focus of UFO legends for more than a decade. No little green men or black triangles are visible, but the new views could have an impact on some very real controversies surrounding Area 51. (4.18.00)

Wild Rocketry Reviews new altimeter
The Skyward Electronics altimeter available from Space Modeling Solutions (480) 497-1960 is a full featured, extremely well designed unit at a very attractive price. (4.13.00)

The Hubble Telescope was honored at an early 10th-birthday party Monday like a nearsighted kid who has become the star of the show, thanks to contact lenses and an image makeover. A flashy new set of Hubble postage stamps — and a redesigned Web site — helped mark the milestone. (4.13.00)

ROCKETS ON THE LEARNING CHANNEL
Learn the history of rockets, from the earliest Russian rockets to the latest American hardware. Take a look at how a rocket engine works, review the many uses of rockets, and rocket into the future.

Rocketeers: Attend the world's largest amateur rocket launch where part-time rocket scientists display their incredible homemade rockets. See an attempt to fly the largest amateur rocket ever built and a mini-replica of the WWII rocket, the German V2. The ExtremeRocketry web site has the times and dates listed. (4.6.00)

New NAR Insurance Coverage Announced
Mark Bundick is pleased to announce the NAR Executive Committee has approved a new insurance policy for NAR members and Sections. (4.6.00)

AeroTech M2500 to be launched in Kansas April 8/9
Wild Rocketry reports that Don Ashworth has built a monster of a rocket. Measuring 12 feet tall, 12.75" in diameter, and a whopping 126 pounds loaded, Don's M-Perfect surely qualifies as BIG. Visit Don's web site for project specifications, an anticipated flight pattern diagram, construction details and more (3.22.00)

Lincolnshire, UK -- Sheffield Rocket Association's
Thunder n Lightning reaches 14,398 feet.
On Saturday the 11th March 2000 three teams set out to break the UK amateur rocket altitude record of 14,006 feet previously held by Ben Jarvis of the MARS Rocketry Society. (3.29.00)

Got Rocket Photos? – Extreme Rocketry has the contest for you!
The editors are looking for exciting, high-quality photos for their new magazine. Each issue of Extreme Rocketry magazine will feature a full color, pull out, centerfold poster. Extreme Rocketry will award $100. to the photographer of each centerfold photo published.(3.22.00)

Rocketry club to raffle autographed October Sky poster
The Blue Mountain Rocketeers Youth Model Rocketry Club of Dayton, Washington is pleased to announce an exciting fund-raising raffle event. BMR will be raffling off an 11 x 17 October Sky movie poster, autographed in gold ink by none other than Homer Hickam, Jr.! Rocket Boys is the heartwarming autobiography detailing Hickams’ rocketry-related exploits in the tiny coal mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia and his rise from a certain destiny in the coal mines to become an engineer working for NASA. (3.22.00)

New Rocket Construction Book by Apogee
If you design and build your own model rockets, youd'll be happy to hear that Apogee Components is taking orders for the book: 'Model Rocket Design and Construction.' This new 160 page book will guide you through your rocket building work -- from thinking up the new creation, through the final test-flights. (3.15.00)

Dust Devils, Landslides Affect Martian Landscape
New images from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft have caught dust devils and landslides in the act of changing the surface of Mars, giving scientists more clues about how Mother Nature's vandals are leaving their mark on the changing Martian landscape. Since Mars Global Surveyor arrived in September 1997, its high-resolution camera has been snapping pictures of puzzling dark streaks and lines that seemed to defy simple explanation, until now. In December 1999, scientists had their first solid evidence: a picture of a dust devil caught like a graffiti artist in the act of etching the surface of Mars. (3.15.00)

Chet Lee, former Apollo mission director, dies at 80
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Retired Navy Capt. Chester Lee, who was mission director on the NASA teams that launched six Apollo moon missions including Apollo 13, has died at Washington hospital from complications following open heart surgery. He was 80. (3.8.00)

Space collector leaves big legacy
When retired NASA engineer Charles Bell died last month, he left behind a warehouse overflowing with space memories, ranging from monkey harnesses to booster rockets. Thousands of those items were sold over the weekend, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. (3.8.00)

NAR's liability insurer SFA to close doors forever
For the second time this month, hobby rocketeers find themselves reeling over insurance-related issues from the major hobby organizations. This time it's the National Association of Rocketry who finds itself without insurance.
SFA, the entity that provides insurance coverage to thousands of NAR members, has decide to close its doors forever, leaving dozens of hobby organizations, including the NAR, without liability insurance coverage. In a letter to NAR section leaders, Mark Bundick explains the effects of the action and braces for impact. (2.29.00)

Extreme Rocketry releases digital sampler of first issue
Brent McNeely of McNeely & Associates invites you to preview the look and feel of the brand new rocketry magazine, Extreme Rocketry. The Digital Sampler issue, made available in Adobe PDF format, is now available for download and should give you a good idea of what to expect in every issue of Extreme Rocketry.
Features will include Jeff Brundt's Upscale Mars Lander, complete with a full color centerfold, an in-depth interview with AeroTech president, Gary Rosenfield, as well as a huge assortment of articles, photographs and rocketry information. (2.29.00)

High Power Boosted Dart Project
North Carolina's Jeff Taylor has put together a great project studying the dynamics of high power boosted darts. Based on the research done by the US Army back in the late 40's, Jeff was able to apply some of their concepts to high power rocketry's version of the boosted dart. Read Jeff's excellent article and you'll see some neat analysis using modern technology available in our hobby today. (2.23.00)

Neil Armstrong unveils century's top engineering feats
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon and a self-described "nerdy engineer," said on Tuesday his astronomic feat does not even rank among the top 10 engineering achievements of the 20th century. In fact, space exploration came 12th, right before the Internet and right after highways. No. 1 was widespread electrification, based on the key criterion of improving the quality of life for the most people. (2.23.00)

Shuttle Radar Capturing Spectacular Earth Images
The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission is already returning spectacular photos of Earth, just four days into its 11-day mission. The photo at right is a 109-mile-long section of New Zealand's South Island. More than 38 percent of the Earth's surface has already been imaged by SRTM. By mission's end, the amount of data gathered would fill 13,500 CDs. (2.15.00)

Asteroid orbiter snaps photo of new home
LAUREL, Maryland (CNN) -- A roving NASA robot put on its thruster brakes Monday and became the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid, mission controllers announced. About an hour after the maneuver, NEAR sent back an image of asteroid Eros from only 210 miles (330 km) above the surface. The craft now starts a yearlong study of the potato-shaped rock. Its mission is to determine Eros' origins and help scientists mount a strategy to protect Earth from catastrophic collisions with asteroids. (2.15.00)

Efforts of rocketry enthusiast pay off in Washington state
Olympia, Washington USA (ROL Newswire) -- Thanks to the efforts of one individual, Ken McGoffin, the Washington state code for model and experimental rocketry (WAC 212-20) has been repealed in its entirety. The repeal was a direct outgrowth of McGoffin's efforts, beginning in January of 1997, to prod the state fire marshal to either update or repeal the obsolete code, or to adopt by reference the NFPA codes 1122 and 1127. The repeal of WAC 212-20, an apparently never-enforced code, removes a potential source of embarassment and legal trouble for both model and high power rocketry enthusiasts in the state of Washington. (2.9.00)

SOHO orbiting observatory dubbed history's 'most successful comet-hunter'
An orbiting observatory studying the Sun has found more than 100 comets in just four years of operation, making it by far the most successful comet-hunter in history, scientists announced this week. (2.9.00)

Tripoli Rocketry Association to deploy new insurance on Feb. 1st
Orem, Utah USA (ROL Newswire) -- In a message to the membership dated February 29th, Tripoli Rocketry Association president Bruce Kelly announced the arrival of a new insurance plan for TRA members. The caveat -- the plan is not optional.

A subject that has repeatedly been a sore spot for Tripoli has been an insurance policy in the past that didn't cover members, only landowners and board members. The new policy will provide coverage for everyone, including those members who are participating in Tripoli Experimental launches, a new twist on rocketry insurance. (2.2.00)

Avionics failure to delay Endeavour launch at least a week
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (CNN) -- A problem with a critical avionics box has forced NASA to scrub Tuesday's planned launch of the Endeavour. The earliest the space shuttle can now launch is February 9th.

Bad weather first delayed the launch on Monday, but during the countdown a potential problem was discovered in one of two so-called Master Events Controllers. After eight hours of troubleshooting late into the night, NASA engineers were unable to make the glitch repeat. As a result, mission managers decided early Tuesday to scrub the launch and replace the 65-pound box. (2.2.00)

Communications satellite blasts into orbit on ESA rocket
KOUROU, French Guiana (CNN) -- Highlighting a shift from the struggling U.S. rocket fleet, a private communications company relied on the commercial arm of the European Space Agency to launch a communications satellite on Monday. The Galaxy XR satellite will provide cable television and Internet services to customers worldwide from stationary orbit above Earth. (1.25.00)

Hubble makes a splashy comeback
After repairs, NASA says telescope is ‘better than new’
MSNBC — NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has sent back its first images since last month’s orbital repairs, and they’re stunners: One is a cosmic fireworks display touched off by a dying star, and the other is a view of distant galaxies as seen through an eerie gravitational “magnifying lens.” (1.25.00)

NEW EXTREME ROCKETRY MAGAZINE
The survey results are in--93% of those polled on Rocketry Online said they wanted another rocketry magazine. Extreme Rocketry is a new, independent magazine dedicated to hobbyists at all levels of rocketry: beginners, mid-power, and high-power. We are nearing the completion of our first issue and expect to have a sample issue ready in a few weeks. At that time we will begin taking subscriptions for the magazine. If you would like to be notified when we are taking subscriptions and other Extreme Rocketry news, please visit www.extremerocketry.com and add you name to our the Extreme Rocketry email list. (1.18.00)

Altimeters: Avoiding trouble and troubleshooting
Many rocketeers are using altimeters for recovery system control. Some are also watching their rocket whistle down from apogee to go splat. What went wrong?

The answer could be one or more of a number of possibilities. This article lists ways to prevent problems, describes possible failures and troubleshooting steps for when trouble pays a visit. Many of the recommendations also apply to accelerometer and timer recovery control systems. (1.18.00)

NASA: Milky Way's halo caused by exploding stars
ATLANTA (Reuters) -- Thousands of exploding stars left a tell-tale halo of searingly hot gas around the Milky Way, NASA scientists reported. Astronomers have long known about the massive gas halo, but not its cause. Before this, some believed it might have been caused by ultraviolet radiation from hot stars.

But scientists working with the new Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) spacecraft determined that hot stars could not produce the atomic remnants they observed in the halo. Only exploding stars could do that, NASA reported at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Atlanta. (1.12.2000)

Telescope launched from Antarctica to study solar flares
Scientists have launched a huge telescope-carrying balloon over Antarctica for a detailed study of solar flares, the violent eruptions of radiation and atomic particles that billow from the surface of the sun. (1.12.2000)

The Travel Channel sets dates for Team Aries debut!
In July of this year, American Journey, a series of the Travel Channel, began taping a series about a spectacular behemoth high power rocketry project called Team Aries, a 26" diameter scale model of the actual Aries sounding rocket that was created by Ray Halm, Andy Schecter and Jim Sekol, of Buffalo, New York, including Eric Ohmit who built and flew the prototype on various motors to figure out stability as well as lots of help from various members of the Buffalo Rocket Society Inc. The project flew at this past year's LDRS launch in Argonia, Kansas. (1.4.2000)

Rocket company considering offer from Florida
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- A Texas rocket company facing opposition from environmentalists and historic-minded residents of the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix said Monday it may instead build a proposed rocket factory near Florida's Cape Canaveral. (1.4.2000)