| Disappointed But Looking
To The Future.
Motor Failure Prevents Civilian Rocket From
September 21, 2002 -- On September 19, 2002, at 9:19 AM PDT, the
Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) launched the world's first
amateur space rocket from the desert of Black Rock, Nevada. All
onboard computers and telemetry systems reported a precise trajectory
to space when, at three seconds after liftoff, the motor burned
through the casing just above the fin section causing the motor
to fail. All of the debris was contained downrange in the pre-planned
safety recovery zone. A detailed failure investigation is currently
underway to determine the root cause of the mishap and recommend
corrective actions for the next launch.
Ky Michaelson, CSXT's founder and Program Director, said, "Our
initial review of the failure points to a correctable situation.
We're optimistic we can make the appropriate engineering adjustments
-- and keep our historic program on track."
Jerry Larson, Program Manager, commented, "The rocket was
performing flawlessly, flying straight and true -- precisely on
its planned trajectory. We would have, indeed, made space. That
gives us great hope for our next flight." Larson continued,
"The recovered flight recorders and the vehicle components
are making it very clear to us what the problem was
it very easy for us to fix and continue on."
Eric Knight, Project Co-Leader and Avionics Team Manager, said,
"It was a spectacular launch. This is just a small speed bump
in our historic road to space." Knight continued, "The
flight had many successes. In fact, our avionics system performed
even better than we hoped -- which, in itself, is a great milestone
for civilian rocketry."
Michaelson added, "We welcome sponsors and supporters that
share our vision of the future. Space is, without question, the
next great business environment -- and will soon be accessible to
civilians and companies of every size. Those companies that get
on board now will reap the rewards of blazing this new frontier."
Business and sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Ky Michaelson
at (952) 884-5870.
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