Acquires Velocity Aircraft; Armadillo Aerospace To Make LOX
two-and-half years ago, the Rocket Racing League announced Monday
morning it is rapidly approaching blast-off. At an event in New
York, the RRL announced its first exhibition race will take place
on August 1-2 at EAA AirVenture 2008 in Oshkosh, WI.
In addition to announcing the dates of the first exhibition
races, the Rocket Racing League also announced the remaining series
of exhibition races for the rest of 2008, the acquisition of
Velocity Aircraft by Rocket Racing Composites Corp., and that
Armadillo Aerospace will manufacture liquid oxygen (LOX) engines
for the Rocket Racing League.
On August 1-2, the first Exhibition Race of the Rocket Racing
League will be held at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, the largest
air show in the world. For the first time ever, two Rocket Racers
will compete head-to-head in a demonstration race in the raceway in
the sky. Rocket Racer pilots will view the "raceway in the sky" via
in-panel and 3D helmet displays and the 700,000 people in
attendance at EAA AirVenture will witness the racing action live on
multiple large projection screens.
"The first Exhibition Race of the Rocket Racer is an important
milestone in the progression of the Rocket Racing League," said
Granger Whitelaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Rocket Racing
League. "We look forward to sharing the experience and thrill of
rocket racing with the public."
"EAA has followed the development of the Rocket Racing League
concept with great interest," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "We
are excited about the opportunity to develop a whole new audience
of aviation enthusiasts, while at the same time promoting aviation
Following the first Exhibition Race at EAA AirVenture, the RRL
will hold exhibition races at venues around the country,
- Reno National Championship Air Races (Reno, NV) - September
- X Prize Cup (Las Cruces, NM) - TBD 2008
- Aviation Nation, Nellis AFB, (Las Vegas, NV) - November
In related news, Rocket Racing Composite Corporation, a
subsidiary of the RRL, announced the acquisition of Velocity
Aircraft of Sebastian, FL, a leading manufacturer of four-seat
canard pusher experimental aircraft. Under the terms of the
agreement, Velocity Aircraft will become a wholly owned division of
Rocket Racing Composite Corp. and will produce an airframe that
will be consistent for all competing Rocket Racers.
Through a rigorous research and development, all
Velocity-constructed Rocket Racers will be equipped with the
safest-possible airframe for any kind of aircraft. The cockpit
seats for all Rocket Racers will be reinforced to withstand impacts
up to 20G load, and other safety measures will be added using a
methodology similar to that of F-1 and Indy Car to better protect
pilots and passengers alike.
"Velocity is truly excited to be a part of Rocket Racing," said
Scott Baker, president of Velocity. "Many of the technology
advances that are planned for the Rocket Racer models transcend and
offer performance and comfort benefits to Velocity owners who use
their aircraft for personal and business travel."
Rocket Racing also announced Mesquite, TX-based Armadillo
Aerospace will be providing LOX engines for the Rocket Racing
League. A leading provider of reusable rocket-powered vehicles,
Armadillo Aerospace is focused on vertical takeoff, vertical
landing (VTVL) suborbital research and passenger flights, with an
eye towards eventual paths to orbit.
Armadillo Aerospace will offer a second engine option to RRL
teams, in addition to the current motor provided by XCOR
"Flying people on our rockets has been our goal from day one,
and we are excited to work with the Rocket Racing League to provide
a system that will be safe for the pilots, cost effective and
robust for the teams, and spectacular for the crowds," said John
Carmack, President of Armadillo Aerospace.