August 2006


Nasa has chosen Lockheed Martin to build the Orion Crew Vehicle to return the US to the moon. The Orion vehicle will be able to carry 4 crew members to the moon and will later be adapted for Mars missions.

Read the press release here.

Nasa Constellation Project site

Lockheed Martin site

…and if you have good broadband watch this video “To the Moon and Beyond”(quicktime video)

This is an amazing HPR upscale. Mike Stoop and Andy Woerner created a 10x upscale of the Mars Lander back in 2003. The rocket was flown at Plaster Blaster 2003 on an M1939 and 4 outboard J330s. Here is the video(WMV). You can obtain the DVD for Plaster Blaster II here.

Mike Stoop has just recently launched Mad Cow Rocketry. The store launches on Sept. 1st and will carry a nice line of 29mm rockets. Among the rockets he’ll carry are 2 versions of the Honest John (31 and 50) and the V2 like Momba.

On a more modest scale you can build your own Mars Lander by obtaining a kit from Semroc. This is a fun build and seems to be a favorite throughout rocketry circles.


Quest has updated their website. Looks like they are in the process of having several items online including their catalog. There are still coding problems. Links are dead and some links open in frames that are way to small for the content. I tested in IE and Firefox but still had problems.I hope they clear up these items soon. I think the most interesting item on the site is the “TOP SECRET” 18mm D motors.

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Just noticed that new updates are showing up at Ye Olde Rocket Plans.

Some of the plan updates include the Estes Silver Comet , the Centuri Defender Space Probe, and several Holverson Design Rockets.

I think that the ZOOMIE looks like fun!

I often wish that there was a second Space Race that would accelerate NASA’s agenda. While surfing the web yesterday I came across these two stories about Russian plans that remind me of the Space Race.

According to RussianSpaceWeb the Russian’s are contemplating a joint venture with the ESA to the moon.
“Facing exclusion from the participation in NASA’s lunar exploration program, Russia and Europe ponder a cooperative program, which would compete with the US effort to return a man to the Moon.” It goes on to say:”The latest Russian-European plans aim to parallel or even beat American astronauts on the Moon.”
Link HERE–(under manned spaceflight)

…or how about this story on how Russian and China are planning a joint venture to Mars. China and Russia plan to launch a joint mission to Mars in 2009…

Flight of Fancy?

Back in 1969 it was Project Apollo that placed men on the moon. The next time the US launches for the moon it will be Project Orion. This story was leaked last month and appeared on Now we have the official logo. Project Orion will use the ARES rockets and are all a part of the Constellation Program.

More info here 

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