January 26, 1993 |
The first test-firing of the world's largest hybrid rocket motor was a success, reports Paul Estey, president of Ventura-based American Rocket Co. The unit, which was bolted in place for its test at Edwards Air Force Base last week, combined solid and liquid fuels to generate 250,000 pounds of thrust, Estey said. "We reached full thrust and we're very pleased," Estey said. "This is a major milestone for us." Friday's test was to be the first of four scheduled for this year.
September 29, 1989 |
American Rocket Co. of Camarillo hoped to take a giant leap into the commercial race to space Thursday. Instead, it took a small step backward when bad weather and a mechanical problem scrubbed the company's first rocket launch. The rocket was to have carried two payloads on a 15-minute unmanned suborbital flight. One was a Defense Department chemical experiment and the other was a capsule designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But about 20 minutes before the 1:13 p.m.
August 25, 1989 |
A 4-year-old Camarillo-based aerospace company unveiled its first industrial rocket Thursday, calling it an innovative vehicle that will make space research cheaper and more commercially feasible. American Rocket Co. will equip the 58-foot rocket with two scientific experiments and launch it Sept. 20 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
November 2, 1989 |
American Rocket Co., a Camarillo company whose first attempt to launch a 58-foot-tall rocket failed when the rocket caught fire on the launch pad Oct. 5, has laid off about 40 workers since the incident. But the company is looking for long-term financing and plans to develop and launch a second rocket, said company President James Bennett. Most of the laid-off workers, about 45% of American Rocket's work force, were hired as the company began flight preparations early this year.
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January 22, 1992 |
With a roar that thundered through the Mojave Desert, a Camarillo rocket company that had all but abandoned hope of making commercial space launches came a step closer to its goal Tuesday by successfully test-firing a rocket motor at Edwards Air Force Base. The 30-second stationary firing poured out a 50-foot white, yellow and orange flame that shook nearby structures and turned part of the steel test platform red hot.
March 11, 1990 |
American Rocket Co., a Camarillo concern whose first attempt to launch a commercial rocket failed when the 58-foot-tall craft burst into flames on the launch pad Oct. 5, has put off plans for a new rocket launch and will try instead to stay in business by selling rocket motors. But AMROC will have to convince potential customers, from aerospace giants like McDonnell Douglas to small private launch companies, that its motors are reliable, which might not be easy after the launch failure.