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Rocket Racing League Facing a Challenging Year

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 1, 2007 9:06 pm
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As the Rocket Racing League starts into its second year of being, it faces its first real season. To date three teams subscribed for the upcoming races but several more stand in negotiations with the League.

The first team to enter the competition was created by Air Force Major Don A. Grantham, Jr. His Leading Edge Rocket Racing team consists of several Air Force pilots.

Not that surprisingly the next team came from the US Navy. That promises real great action in the sky. Leading Bridenstine Rocket Racing is Navy Lt. Jim Bridenstine. And if you want your town call home to a rocket team: They are still searching a hometown.

The third and currently last team comes from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Presented at the X-Prize Cup in October 2006, the Santa Fe Rocket Racing team is owned by Marc and Edward Cumbrow.

All of them have to master the unique Rocket Racing League Mark-1 X-Racer called „Thunderhawk“. The first generation features a 1,500 lbs LOX-kerosene rocket engine from XCOR Aerospace that gives the craft accelerations between F5 and F15 fighters.

Adopting racing speech, each stint will last about 10 to 14 minutes followed by a pit stop of 5 to 10 minutes. The pilots will have to fly a virtually displayed course on their heads-up display or HUD.

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