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So whatever happened to CSXT?

Posted by: Rocket Scientist - Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:38 am
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Post So whatever happened to CSXT?   Posted on: Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:38 am
These "amatuer" rocket guys launched a rocket into space in 2004. Does anyone know what happend after that? Did CSXT continue or did they disband?

http://www.the-rocketman.com/CSXT/default.asp

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Post    Posted on: Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:49 pm
Weren't they the guys who started UP Aerospace? They are offering very cheap sounding rocket launch services at the New Mexico spaceport. Their first commercial launch failed to reach space last fall. Loss of stability at high mach. They have since redesigned and increased the number and size of the fins.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:34 am
I never heard of UP Aerospace. Thanks for the link. It looks like they have some knowledge and experienced people there.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:24 am
I'm not to sure if they were the guys who started UP Aerospace?? Did Jerry Larson? I may be wrong, but as you know CSXT was run by Ky Michaelson aka The Rocket Man, as far as I know it was just a group effort of interested people and sponsors.

The Go Fast rocket which reached space was powered by a solid rocket motor made by EAC (The guys who lost out to SpaceDev for the SS1 contract), while I believe UP Aerospace use motors supplied by Cessaroni....

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http://www.stratofox.org/pics/csxt-spaceshot-2004/

http://www.gofastsports.com/brand/rocketlaunch.html

Ky makes really good parachutes (I got some for my rockets!) and is very active in the model rocketry scene.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:15 am
The competition CSXT - Civilian Space Exploration Team - won was called SpaceShot if I remember correct. It was a competition similar to the XPRIZE to some degree but constrained to unmanned vehicles and rockets.

I myself mentioned CSXT in a post of 2004.

Perhaps these hints could be of help as well as the circumstance that the article(s) reporting that CSXT won their competition were published before Scaled Composites won the XPRIZE - before September 4th of 2004.



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