Barriers to the Transportation of AeroTech Restricted Access Motors and Reload Kits Reduced!

12/28/95: AeroTech, Inc. and Industrial Solid Propulsion, Inc. (ISP) are extremely pleased to announce that the shipment of limited quantities of Restricted Access (division 1.3c) rocket motors and reload kits containing up to 3.08 lb (1.4 kg.) of propellant per motor or reload kit module as Articles, explosive, n.o.s., 1.4C, UN0351, is now possible under a new exemption, DOT-E 10996.

Just issued to AeroTech and ISP by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), DOT-E 10996 is the first completely new exemption granted to the sport rocket industry by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) since the issuance of the original DOT-E 7887 in 1978 (DOT-E 7887 allows the shipment of limited quantities of smaller single-use motors and reload kits as division 4.1 flammable solids).

For AeroTech and its customers, the exemption will permit the inexpensive shipment within the U.S. of single-use rocket motors as large as 'K' class and RMS reload kits of at least 'M' class (and potentially larger) as division 1.4C by common carriers such as UPS. Dealers who wish to deliver Restricted Access motors and/or reload kits to launches will also enjoy the benefits of not having to placard their vehicles or comply with the other burdensome requirements of division 1.3C transportation, including the $5 million insurance coverage stipulated for interstate shipments by the DOT's Federal Highway Administration (FHA).

As with AeroTech's smaller (no more than 62.5 g per motor or reload kit module) single-use motors and RMS reload kits, the larger rocket motors and reload kits covered by the exemption may now be shipped by UPS ground door-to-door service. In addition, in light of the potential implications of the new exemption, a representative from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) recently agreed to re-examine that agency's current regulatory interpretations and restrictions on the sale and storage of those larger high-power rocket motors and reload kits covered by the exemption.

The 10996 exemption heralds a new era for the growth of high-power sport rocketry!

AeroTech and ISP wish to publicly thank the many individuals at the DOT/RSPA for helping to bring this exemption to fruition, including but not limited to, Mr. Charles Schultz, Ms. Suzanne Hedgepeth and Ms. Sherry Nelson.