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Rocket4TheCure – New World’s Record As Teens Launch Almost 4000 Rockets at Once

On October 26, 2014, High school students Sanzio Angili and Dylan Whitesel of Chesterfield, Virginia, raised $20,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and broke a world record by launching 3973 model rockets at one time.

Supporters sponsored the event by donating $10 for each rocket, many of which were labeled with the name of a person being honored or remembered.

The two students, along with family and friends, assembled the rockets in the months before the launch.

The rockets were launched at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds.

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CSXT Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Amateur Space Launch By Doing It Again

In May of 2004, the Civilian Space Exploration Team (CSXT) launched a 21-foot long rocket to an altitude of 72 miles. The “Go Fast” rocket became the “first American civilian sounding rocket to reach outer space” and the first verified launch into space by an amateur group.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the achievement, the CSXT did it again.

The rocket carried a military grade Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which had previously flown on four commercial space missions launched from the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Analysis of the data from the recovered IMU shows that the GoFast rocket reached 385,800 feet (73.1 miles) with a top speed of 3,580 miles per hour.

 

Presidio, Texas, Rocketry Teacher Gets Green Card

Two years ago, Shella Condino, a Texas teacher known for using rocketry to inspire and educate, received a letter from the US Immigrations Service saying, “You are not authorized to remain in the United States and to depart as soon as possible.”

A Texas congressman investigated and learned that the letter had been sent by mistake. Shella Condino now has a “Green Card” and continues to inspire her students in Presidio, Texas. Earlier this year, she once again, lead a team of kids to the Team America Rocketry Challenge finals. The team finished fourth over all in the nationwide competition.

Jose Galindo, Lizzbeth Jordan, and Marissa Gray

Supporting Bruce McLawhorn of Semroc

Earlier this year, Carl McLawhorn passed away leaving his wife, Sheryl, and son Bruce to run Semroc. Now, the family is facing more emotional trauma as Bruce is in the hospital. Admitted suffering from an intense form of the flu and pneumonia, his kidneys stopped functioning forcing him to be placed on dialysis. Bruce’s long-term outlook is good, but he has a long road to recovery and the family is already experiencing financial hardship.

Members of the rocketry community are coming together to support Bruce, Sheryl and Semroc by sending donations by PayPal to sales@semroc.com.

Jeffery Smith is auctioning a built and finished FlisKits Nomad with the proceeds going to support Bruce and his family.

Estes-Cox Recalls Two Model Rockets Due to Risk of Impact Injury

Affected: Estes Red Rider #2484 and Helios #2487 Almost Ready To Fly Model Rockets and Their Packaging

Consumers should stop using these products immediately. Estes-Cox has notified the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission of this recall. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Names of Products: Red Rider and Helios Almost Ready-to-Fly Model Rockets

Units: Red Rider 6,890 Helios 4,252

Manufacturer: Estes-Cox Corp. of Penrose, Colo.

Hazard: When flown with the new booster accessories being marketed for these rockets, the rocket’s flight can become unstable causing the rocket to change direction while under thrust, posing a risk of impact injury to people nearby.

Incidents/Injuries: Estes-Cox has received no reports of incidents or injuries.

Description: This recall involves the Red Rider Almost Ready-to-Fly model rocket and the Helios Almost Ready-to-Fly model rocket. The Red Rider rocket (item #2484) is 18.6 inches (47.2 cm) long, 1.33 inches (34 mm) in diameter

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RCS, Inc. (Aerotech) and Quest Aerospace, Inc. Announce Merger

RCS Information Release

July 18, 2013 RCS, Inc. and Quest Aerospace, Inc. Announce Merger

RCS Rocket Motor Components (RCS), Inc. President Gary C. Rosenfield announced today that the two companies have successfully completed a corporate merger. Quest Aerospace, Inc. will be closing its Colorado facility and moving its operations to the RCS facility in Cedar City, Utah. Rosenfield will remain as RCS President, and Bill Stine current President of Quest will become Vice President of RCS.

“The two companies have nearly identical manufacturing operations and the merging of the two operations into one is a major cost savings for us”, said Quest Aerospace President Bill Stine.

Quest is widely known as a leader in the beginner and education markets for model rockets. Its kit designs and rocket motors are geared for the entry-level rocketeer. The RCS/AeroTech line of mid to high-power products starts right where the Quest line leaves off. “We will be the

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Rocketry Holiday Sales

Each year a number of online rocketry vendors offer special sales for the holidays. The following is a list of some of the sales. As we learn of more sales and get more info on the listed sales, this post will be updated. If you know of a sale that should be included in this list, but is missing, please leave a comment with information about the sale.

Animal Motor Works – Cyber Monday Sale

AMW is having a 20% off sale on all products. Use the coupon code cyber. Sale runs through Monday evening.

Archtype Rocketry

Archtype Rocketry has announced a sale beginning Friday.

Binder Design Rocketry – Holiday Special

With the purchase of any rocket kit with a value of $99.99 or more, Binder Design will include a free 3.9 Avionics Bay kit valued at $34.99! (Excludes Excel with Dual Deploy kit.) This special offer runs through

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eBay: New “First Edition” NCR Kits

North Coast Rocketry is making a comeback with the release of several new rocket kits. “First Editions” of these kits are currently offered on eBay. These are one-of-a-kind items used to check the final version of the released kit. Each “First Edition” kit comes with a signed certificate. Visit eBay for more information and to bid on the kits.

JonRocket.com’s Third Anniversary Sale – Save up to 50%

JonRocket.com is celebrating its third anniversary under the management of Bracha and Roger Smith by having a sale. Model rocket kits and other products are marked down with savings of up to 50%. The sale began June 29, 2012, and runs through June 8. Shop online at http://www.jonrocket.com/.

Lower Shipping and Handling Charges at JonRocket.com

For a limited time, JonRocket.com has lowered its standard shipping and handling charges on US orders to $6.95. Orders of $40 or more to US addresses will still ship for free.

Located in Oviedo, Florida, JonRocket.com is an online retailer of model rocket products from many manufacturers. JonRocket.com sells kits and other products from Balsa USA, BMS, DFR Technologies, Dr. Zooch, Edmonds Aerospace, Estes, FlisKits, Odd’l Rockets, Semroc, Top Flight, and other companies. JonRocket.com also stocks a large selection of parts including body tubes, nose cones, and parachutes.