July 13, 1998 |
Rotary Rocket Co. of Redwood Shores, Calif., is kicking up dust in the desert with construction of its $5.5-million rocket-building and launching facilities at the Mojave Airport. The company, which counts best-selling author Tom Clancy among its investors, recently celebrated its formal groundbreaking and plans to build and launch an all-composite reusable rocket, the Roton, from the site.
December 28, 2000 |
The property of a company based at the Mojave Airport that planned to build a reusable spaceship and included writer Tom Clancy as an investor, was seized by Kern County for failure to pay property taxes. The Rotary Rocket Co. property and other company assets, including a low-altitude test craft described as looking like a six-story traffic cone sprouting helicopter blades, will be put up for auction Jan. 10.
July 25, 1999 |
Long derelict, their institutional paint faded by the Southern California sun, the buildings dot the Burbank landscape like colossal relics of an age when bigger was better and there seemed to be no end to America's industrial might.
November 12, 2001 |
Two hours before launch, the biggest problem seems to be with the VCR. It won't record right, or something silly like that, but that's OK. Far, far worse things could be going wrong in the hours before a tiny, home-built airplane is set to fly a mile straight up into the air using two small honest-to-God, send-a-man-to-the-moon, fire-out-the-back rockets on a Thursday morning in the middle of the desert.