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CSXT First Civilian Rocket Launch to Space

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Published:2007-05-15 01:09:08

Launched to 379900 feet (72 miles) on May 17, 2004 by the Civilian Space Exploration Team led by Ky Michaelson and Jerry Larson, and sponsored by GoFast Sports. The rocket was powered by a solid rocket motor built by Derek Deville ( and Korey Kline. The motor produced a peak thrust of 16000 lbs accelerating the vehicle at 23 g's. At 10.5 seconds into the flight the vehicle was at about 40000 feet and traveling at 3420 mph (Mach 5) setting an amateur speed record. After motor burnout at 49000 feet the rocket continued to coast upwards for an amazing 330000 feet over 145 seconds before reaching apogee. All portions of the vehicle were recovered. More details at

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