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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.

 

The Coolest Hobby Rocket of All Time

I just posted a blog entry at PayloadBay.com about the University High School Space Shuttle. The space shuttle model stood about five-foot tall and flew on an I motor. Unlike every other flying space shuttle model, it did not have any added fins for stability. At apogee, the Solid Rocket Boosters separated and the orbiter began gliding back to earth under radio control. The rocket flew several times including a flight at Epcot.

Could it be the coolest hobby rocket that ever flew? Maybe.

Another contender would have to be Steve Eve’s Saturn V. Steve’s 1/10 scale Saturn V stood about 40 feet tall. It flew on a cluster of motors producing more than 40,000 pounds of thrust. It’s one, and only, flight attracted a crowd numbering about 5000. Based on the number of videos posted online, it was probably to most photographed hobby rocket launch of all time.

Then there’s the CSXT

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