PRS NEWS AND CURRENT
CATS Prize Entry
The Pacific Rocket Society, in association with Trans Lunar Research and Interorbital Systems, is competing in an international contest to launch the first "non-governmentally funded" rocket to space with its Research Series-2 (RS-2) sounding rocket. The "Cheap Access To Space" or "CATS" prize requires that the rocket be built with no government funding and that it hit an altitude of 120 miles (200km), carrying a 2kg payload. The official announcement of the CATS Prize occurred in November 1997 at the Space Frontier Foundation's Conference in Los Angeles. The SFF acts as administrating agency for the prize.The winning team could take home as much as $300,000. The IOS/TLR/PRS team, consists of Roderick Milliron (chief designer/project leader), Randa Milliron (manufacturing support, PR and fundraising), with electronics and ground support by Kevin Baxter and Dave Silsbee, machining by Dave Griffith, software by Fred Holmes, composites and stress analysis by Dr. Andre Lavoie, and machining and launch support by Oliver Forget.
Because the contest will generate a massive amount of international media coverage, we'd like to announce that we are actively seeking major sponsors who can benefit from the exposure and the action, adventure, fire, smoke and speed nature of this project. You can have your logo down the side of either or both of the rockets, on the team jumpsuits and gantry, much in the same way logos are displayed in auto racing. Those who secure sponsorships for us will receive a finder's fee on any cash donations they generate. Contact us for further information at 661-824-1662 (weekends) or at Cyberplex@aol.com.
We're going for Space! Let your logo fly with us!
The RS-1 is the second stage of the RS-2 high-altitude sounding rocket (max altitude: 255 km) and will be flown with its booster in the CATS prize competition next year.
AN IOS-designed portable launch rail and gantry system was recently erected and tested. It proved to be simple to transport and easy to raise. All components can be carried in one pickup truck and the system can be erected by a crew of four in two hours. The rail will provide intial guidance for the RS-2 rocket.