| Rocket is Ready to
The PRIMERA rocket, designed and built by the Civilian Space Exploration
Team is finished and awaits the final countdown to history. A single
stage unguided rocket, the PRIMERA is the most powerful amateur
rocket every built. Weighing in at a hefty 551 pounds the PRIMERA
will roar off the launch pad and in 15 seconds of powered flight
is expected to speed past the 3,205 mph record set by CSXTs
last launch of SPACESHOT 2000. The FAA in Washington DC has given
CSXT the green light to proceed.
We have risen to the challenge even stronger following the
attempt of SPACESHOT 2000, says Program Manager Jerry Larson.
Every part of the rocket has been re-designed
down to the bolts. This project has been more about
the human will to succeed and achieve the goal than anything else.
The goal is to be the first amateurs in history to launch into
outer space leading the way for even bigger projects hints Ky Michaelson,
CSXTs founder and Program Director. Although the we
were unsuccessful in reaching space in 2000 we accomplished allot,
from receiving FAA launch approval to setting a new speed record.
Ky goes on to say Out of some 25 teams world wide striving
to reach space we continue to lead the way, and this is only the
beginning, we have in the works the next phase project, and it is
huge!. Ky explains that following a successful launch into
space CSXT will unveil to the world the next phase, and its
out of this world.
The launch of PRIMERA was originally schedule for late September
2001 but the FAA put the launch on hold because of the enormous
task that remained to approve the new rocket design and launch systems
to ensure public safety. This rocket is complex and the ground
systems required to launch it are equally complicated, It has just
taken longer than the FAA expected to review and approve everything,
The launch of PRIMERA is scheduled for this month when the Civilian
Space eXploration Team will once again travel to the deserts of
Nevada to take a Shot at making history.
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