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January 4, 1994 | Jack Searles
American Rocket Co., a Ventura firm that is developing a hybrid rocket motor, has taken another step in a long comeback following a failed rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base that nearly destroyed the company in 1989. The company heads a team that will receive $10.4 million from the Defense Department to build and launch an experimental space vehicle powered by American Rocket's H-1800 engine. The engine combines solid and liquid fuels to generate 250,000 pounds of thrust.
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January 4, 1994 | Jack Searles
American Rocket Co., a Ventura firm that is developing a hybrid rocket motor, has taken another step in a long comeback following a failed rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base that nearly destroyed the company in 1989. The company heads a team that will receive $10.4 million from the Defense Department to build and launch an experimental space vehicle powered by American Rocket's H-1800 engine. The engine combines solid and liquid fuels to generate 250,000 pounds of thrust.
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BUSINESS
December 1, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
Camarillo-based American Rocket Co. says it will test-fire the world's largest hybrid rocket motor on Dec. 18, in what it hopes will be a turning point in the firm's struggle to recover from a failed launch in 1989. The new motor, called H-1800, combines solid and liquid fuels to generate 250,000 pounds of thrust, according to George Whittinghill, American Rocket's director of marketing.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1993 | JACK SEARLES JACK SEARLES
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.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1993 | JACK SEARLES JACK SEARLES
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.
BUSINESS
September 29, 1989 | BARRY STAVRO, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1989 | SHANNA GOWENLOCK, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1989 | JOHN MEDEARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN and JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
BUSINESS
March 11, 1990 | JOHN MEDEARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
Camarillo-based American Rocket Co. says it will test-fire the world's largest hybrid rocket motor on Dec. 18, in what it hopes will be a turning point in the firm's struggle to recover from a failed launch in 1989. The new motor, called H-1800, combines solid and liquid fuels to generate 250,000 pounds of thrust, according to George Whittinghill, American Rocket's director of marketing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992 | HUGO MARTIN and JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1990 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day last summer, in a government office in Brazil's capital city, European businessmen taught McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. a painful lesson in the competitive realities of the new commercial rocket industry. The Huntington Beach aerospace giant, which builds the Delta II rocket, was in a tough fight with Arianespace Inc. of France for a $100-million-plus contract to launch two Brazilian telecommunications satellites.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1990 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One day last summer, in a government office in Brazil's capital city, European business people taught McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. a painful lesson in the competitive realities of the new commercial rocket industry. The Huntington Beach aerospace giant, which builds the Delta II rocket, was in a tough fight with Arianespace Inc. of France for a $100-million-plus contract to launch two Brazilian telecommunications satellites.
BUSINESS
March 11, 1990 | JOHN MEDEARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1990 | JOHN MEDEARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American Rocket Co., a Camarillo company whose first attempt to launch a commercial rocket into space failed when the 58-foot-tall craft burst into flames on the launch pad last Oct. 5, has put off plans for a new rocket launch and will try instead to stay in business by selling rocket engines.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1990 | JOHN MEDEARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American Rocket Co., a Camarillo company whose first attempt to launch a commercial rocket into space failed when the 58-foot-tall craft burst into flames on the launch pad last Oct. 5, has put off plans for a new rocket launch and will try instead to stay in business by selling rocket engines.
NEWS
October 6, 1989 | BARRY STAVRO, Times Staff Writer
The American Rocket Co.'s effort to launch its first commercial rocket into space never got off the ground Thursday. Instead, at the 10:28 a.m. scheduled liftoff time, the engine ignited but flames snaked up the unmanned, 58-foot-tall rocket. A minute later the rocket tumbled over on its side, puncturing its liquid oxygen fuel tanks, and as the fire continued, a billowing trail of black smoke rose into the sky. There were no injuries in the explosion.
BUSINESS
November 2, 1989 | JOHN MEDEARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 6, 1989 | BARRY STAVRO, Times Staff Writer
The American Rocket Co.'s effort to launch its first commercial rocket into space never got off the ground Thursday. Instead, at the 10:28 a.m. scheduled liftoff time, the engine ignited but flames snaked up the unmanned, 58-foot-tall rocket. A minute later the rocket tumbled over on its side, puncturing its liquid oxygen fuel tanks, and as the fire continued, a billowing trail of black smoke rose into the sky. There were no injuries in the explosion.
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