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Wilfred Ashley McIsaac's Page

AKA: WILFRED ASHLEY MCISAAC ( CANADIAN ROCKETEER)

Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Certification Level: 0

Club Memberships: Tripoli

Favorite Rockets: Atlas

Biography:

 Wilfred Ashley McIsaac was born on May 27th, 1973, in Sydney, Nova Scotia; located on the Island of Cape Breton off the east coast of Canada. He now resides in Kingston, Ontario which is situated three hours east of Toronto, Canada’s largest city.
McIsaac launched his first rocket on Christmas Day 1996 at the age of 23 using the EstesVenus Probe model rocket. The launch vehicle reached 180 feet in altitude before landing safely after a 15 second flight. The rocketeer launched his first high powered rocket on June 29th, 1997, named the Arreaux (Aerotech). The flight reached over 2000 feet and was recovered safely downrange along with it’s delicate cargo, an uncooked grocery store egg. Two more successful Arreaux launches took place in 1997. Incidentally, McIsaac would not launch another high powered rocket until 13 years later, in 2010.

A2-R13 High Powered Rocket Honours Avro Arrow And Canadian Armed Forces

Wilfred Ashley McIsaac returned to the launch pad in November 2010 with his modified Arreaux high powered rocket now named the A2-R13. He organized a unique ceremony in Picton, Ontario on Remembrance Day (2010) which honoured the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, both past and present, as well as paying tribute to the employees of the famous Avro Arrow program from the 1950’s.
Following a short speech at a retired CFB military base and airfield, McIsaac launched his A2-R13 rocket carrying twelve poppies wrapped in a miniature Canadian flag and a uncooked grocery store egg. The contents were protected inside the rocket's payload bay located near the center of the launch vehicle. A small crowd watched as the rocket reached over 3000 feet in altitude before returning safely to the ground under a parachute. This may be the only November 11th commemoration in Canada’s history that included a rocket launch for this special occasion.


McIsaac Launches Canadian Rocket Mail With Gerhard Zucker 1936 Postage Stamps

On October 31st, 2011; Wilfred Ashley McIsaac launched an ARCAS scale rocket from a former World War II relief airfield in eastern Ontario near The Thousand Islands. Onboard the rocket were seven letters containing Gerhard Zucker 1936 ‘First Canadian Rocket-Flight’ postage. Prior to this flight no rocket in Canadian history had ever delivered mail using official Canadian rocket mail postage stamps which was later recovered safely. This according to the latest addition of the Air Mails Of Canada And Newfoundland catalogue. The covers were later cancelled at the nearest Post Office in the small town of Gananoque.


Three more rocketmail flights were performed by McIsaac and his rockets in 2012 including the launch of an Astrobee D scale rocket on May 11th, an Astrobee D III rocket on June 29th, and finally the Astrobee D IV launch on November 6th to close out the program. In all 31 covers including the entire collection of Gerhard Zucker ‘First Canadian Rocket-Flight’ postage stamps were flown. The Astrobee D III and the Astrobee D IV were based on the original Aerotech Astrobee D rocket and were designed by McIsaac himself.
The covers were sent to a stamp dealer on the west coast of the United States named Gemada Stamps where they were sold on Ebay. When the rocket mail program concluded, $200.00 was donated, on behalf of the launches, to the Arthritis Research Foundation in Toronto, Canada.

Petition To Help Save The Canadian Air & Space Museum Was Onboard ARCAS Rocket

An online video petition to help save the Canadian Air & Space Museum in Downsview Park, Toronto was also onboard the October 31st, 2011 ARCAS high powered rocket launch. The petition included a short cover letter along with comments and user names from those who participated. The appeal along with fifty electronic signatures (user names) and comments was then sent to the museum along with a $50.00 donation from McIsaac. This did not however prevent the museum from closing its doors. The uniqueness of the online video petition has received nearly 1000 views on Youtube while captivating peoples interest from around the world. This may be the only petition or protest in Canada’s history to be launched in a rocket.

Favorite Quote:

"Some people are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them."  

Personal Home Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/artkickstart?feature=mhee

Club Home Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocket-Room-101/173207116026138

RocketReviews.com Pages:

2015-08-09

ROCKET MAIL COVERS FLOWN OVER US AND CANADA

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ROCKET MAIL COVERS FLOWN OVER US AND CANADA Earlier this summer fifty rocket mail covers were flown on board two different ‘model’ rockets in the United States (Warwick Rocketry) and Canada (Wilfred Ashley McIsaac). Communicating with friends and family today has never ... [More]

2015-06-24

Super X Mail Rocket

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When the Super X Mail Rocket lifted off from the Gananoque Airport it was carrying 50 USA & CANADA FRIENDSHIP FLIGHT Mail Covers on board which were secured in a specially designed compartment up inside the nose cone. Because the rocket was intentionally nose heavy, the vehicle arced over the ... [More]

2014-08-29

CANADA/USA DUAL ROCKET MAIL FLIGHT

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Several rocket mail covers flown on board The Canadian Rocket Research Society's Astrobee D IV (D) launch vehicle back on May 14th (2014) in eastern Ontario (Canada), have now also successfully taken a ride inside an American rocket, named the WA-77, which blasted off outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, on ... [More]

2014-05-21

CANADIAN MAIL ROCKET MAKES FINAL DELIVERY ACROSS WWII AIRFIELD

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CANADIAN MAIL ROCKET MAKES FINAL DELIVERY ACROSS WWII AIRFIELD (left) The Astrobee D IV (D) high powered rocket roars off the launch pad during a short test flight on May 14th. (right) What makes this picture of the Astrobee D IV (D) Main Booster plummeting from the sky so unique. It was ... [More]

2014-05-20

CANADIAN MAIL ROCKET MAKES FINAL DELIVERY ACROSS WWII AIRFIELD

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CANADIAN MAIL ROCKET MAKES FINAL DELIVERY ACROSS WWII AIRFIELD (left) The Astrobee D IV (D) high powered rocket roars off the launch pad during a short test flight on May 14th. (right) What makes this picture of the Astrobee D IV (D) Main Booster plummeting from the sky so unique. It ... [More]

2014-05-14

Astrobee D IV (D)

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The Astrobee D IV (D) high powered rocket was launched on a parabolic flight path over the Gananoque airfield. Although the launch vehicle reached only a minimal altitude, all systems performed properly with the low altitude attributed to a poor thrust performance from the main engine and twin ... [More]

2014-01-26

ROCKET MAIL PROGRAM LAUNCHES ENTIRE COLLECTION OF 1936 CANADIAN ROCKET-FLIGHT STAMPS: Fifth launch planned for spring 2014

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ROCKET MAIL PROGRAM LAUNCHES ENTIRE COLLECTION OF 1936 CANADIAN ROCKET-FLIGHT STAMPS: Fifth launch planned for spring 2014 (Above left) The Astrobee D IV high-powered rockets inaugural test flight took place on November 6th, 2012, and flew twelve covers on board. The upper stage as well as ... [More]

2014-01-24

Rocket Sky Grid (RSG) ™

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Rocket Sky Grid (RSG) ™ Wilfred Ashley McIsaac Introducing the world’s simplest and most reliable rocket guidance system geared towards almost any amateur rocketeer looking for a precision landing. (Above) An example of a typical Rocket Sky Grid (RSG) showing where you ... [More]

CANADIAN ROCKET MAIL FLIGHT SUMMARY (2011-2014)

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CANADIAN ROCKETMAIL FLIGHT SUMMARY 2011 to 2014 NEW!!! PAGES 9-11 catalogs the latest twelve rocket mail covers including sixteen Gerhard Zucker 1936 postage stamps which will be on board the fifth and final flight of Wilfred Ashley McIsaac’s rocket mail program scheduled to launch ... [More]

2013-10-20

ASTROBEE D IV © ROCKET ROARS OFF THE LAUNCH PAD IN GANANOQUE, ONTARIO

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ASTROBEE D IV © ROCKET ROARS OFF THE LAUNCH PAD IN GANANOQUE, ONTARIO Th e skies above the cracked runways of the Gananoque airport in eastern Ontario came alive Thursday afternoon (October 17th,2013) after Wilfred Ashley McIsaac launched a large two stage solid fuel hybrid (composite ... [More]

2013-10-17

Astrobee D IV (C)

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Flight was a success although the left side boosters nose cone broke off during the launch which help limit the altiude. The science experiement (line of sight) worked well while the booster and upper stage payload returned safely to the ground under their own parachutes. On board flight computers ... [More]

Astrobee D IV (C)

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Flight was a success although the left side boosters nose cone broke off during the launch which help limit the altiude. The science experiement (line of sight) worked well while the booster and upper stage payload returned safely to the ground under their own parachutes. On board flight computers ... [More]

2013-01-31

WILFRED ASHLEY MCISAAC ( CANADIAN ROCKETEER)

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Wilfred Ashley McIsaac was born on May 27th, 1973, in Sydney, Nova Scotia; located on the Island of Cape Breton off the east coast of Canada. He now resides in Kingston, Ontario which is situated three hours east of Toronto, Canada’s largest city. McIsaac launched his first rocket on ... [More]

2013-01-18

1936 ZUCKER STAMPS ROCKET MAILED IN CANADA

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November 2012 A private rocket experimenter in Canada named Wilfred Ashley McIsaac launched the last of his high powered rockets on November 6th carrying Canadian mail on board. A total of thirty-one letters using a variety of original 1936 Gerhard Zucker ‘ Canadian Rocket-Flight’ ... [More]

2012-11-06

Astrobee D IV

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G80-7 - Gananoque airport [More]

2012-06-29

Astrobee D III

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The Astrobee D III rocket crashed ten seconds after lift-off in a cornfield several hundered yards away from the launch pad just outside of Gananoque Ontario, Canada on the morning of June 29th, 2012. On-board the Canadian mail rocket were seven postal letters with Gerhard Zucker 'First Canadian ... [More]

2012-05-29

GOPRO Camera Used in First Canadian Rocket Mail Launch

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A 'Gopro' camera was recently used to record the first Canadian rocket launch that delivered Canada's first rocket mail on October 31st, 2011. Before launching I watched many videos with onboard cameras to see for myself what the best and most reliable method was. What was consistent about most of ... [More]

2012-05-11

Astrobee D

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ASTROBEE D TEST LAUNCH IN EASTERN ONARIO The launch on May 11th, 2012 of the Astrobee D rocket by Aerotech was a test of the Astrologger 54 electronics package located inside the payload compartment. The short 36 sec. flight over the old airflied was a success although the heavy rocket (3.25 ... [More]

A2-R13

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A2-R13 flight and vehicle data : Total Weight; .96 lbs (438 grams) Height; 43"/3 ft 5" Diameter; 1.9" Thrust/Weight Ratio; 28.12:1 Total Impulse; 120 N-sec/27 lbs Propellant Consumed; 62.5 grams Motor Burnout; 1.7 secs Delay; 13 seconds Altitude; 4000 feet Flight Path; Vertical Payload; Miniature ... [More]

2011-11-07

Canadian Mail Rocket launches 1936 "First Canadian Rocket Mail" Stamp 75 years later.

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Wilfred Ashley McIsaac made history on October 31st, 2011 at the Gananoque Aerodrome in Eastern Ontario when he launched his ARCAS rocket with 18 pounds of thrust over county lines carrying Canadian postage. The 1936 stamps onboard were made 75 years earlier but never used because no one had built ... [More]

2011-10-31

ARCAS High Powered Rocket

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The ARCAS rocket launch was a Canadian rocket mail experiment at the Gananoque aerodrome in Gananoque, Ontario, Canada. The 4 foot 7.5 inch high powered rocket lifted off from the airstrip in Leeds and the Thousand Islands township, at some point during the flight the rocket crossed into Leeds and ... [More]

2011-08-19

A2-R13 Rocket

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A2-R13 ROCKET

2010-11-11

A2-R13

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The A2-R13 high-powered rocket is a modified Arreau rocket by Aeortech with an extended parachute bay. The rocket was first launched on Novemeber 11th 2010 during a ceremony in Picton Ontario honouring the men and women of the Canadian military as well as former employees of the Avro Arrow program ... [More]

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