Monday, April 14, 2008

Rocket Racing League Exhibition Race Date Set

Well I would like to apologize for my absence from New Frontiers, but I am now back from a much longer than expected reprieve from blogging. And now that I'm here I have some news to report.

Today the Rocket Racing League (RRL) announced the date for its first exhibition race. The date is August 1-2 this year and will feature two racers flying planes powered by rocket engines on a 2-lap circuit around an airborne raceway. The RRL is pretty much NASCAR in the air and with rockets. Sounds pretty awesome don't you think; so make sure that you are there or at least see the video reports which I will have up for you. I think that it will be a lot more interesting than NASCAR, but we will see.

It is expected that around 700,000 people will attend this exhibition to watch the action on multiple 50-foot (15-meter) projection screens on site. The Rocket Racing League was founded in 2005 by Ansari X Prize founder Peter Diamandis and Whitelaw, an Indianapolis 500 veteran. The competitors will be piloted Mark 1 X-Racer rockets developed by the firm XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, California.

The league currently has six teams that will compete in four series of races throughout the year. After the first EAA AirVenture exhibition, later races will be staged at the Reno National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., between Sept.10-14; at Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 8-9, and at the X Prize Cup in Las Cruces, N.M., in late October.

The rockets will be built by various aerospace companies and are quite advanced. The RRL has to give safety a great deal of focus considering that they are really piloting rockets and racing them in close proximity. I would imagine that the RRL will inspire a good number of advances in rocket technology so I have to say that this really is a good idea. But as you know, only time will tell.

Source: Space.com
Picture Source: The BBC.com

The Fool

44 comments:

Swubird said...

Fool:

What a great article. You never let me down. Every time I read your blog I read about something new. Thanks.

Keep up the tirelessly good work.

have a nice day.

The Fool said...

Well thank you Swubird, I will try to keep it up.

The Fool

Bob Johnson said...

Great post the fool, good to see you back. Can you imagine watching this live, too cool, but can you imagine actually flying in one of these things?

The Fool said...

Yea Bob, I would imagine that it would be very thilling and a bit scary. You pretty much are just strapped to a high power rocket.

The Fool

Swubird said...

Fool:

Have you ever had the pleasure of attending the rocket races? I bet there very exciting.

John Benac said...

I heard that they are going to have some sort of visualization where you can either watch a simulated view from the coskpit or they might actually have transmitting cameras. It sounds pretty cool.

Max-e said...

Looks like it could be an exciting race. I would love to be there.

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Hey old buddy, where are you?

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