OBJECTIVE: SPACE! On April 12, 2011 to exceed an altitude of 62 miles (100 km) on a sub-orbital trajectory by
developing the propulsion systems, structures, guidance, communications, ground support equipment and procedures needed to get there.
STATUS: We're still on the ground on April 12, 2011, but we did test a new engine on April 12 in honor or Yuri and Ed.
Project Peak is a necessary pre-cursor to Project Chicora.
WHY APRIL 12, 2011?
- 30th anniversary of first Space Shuttle launch, April 12, 1981
- 50th anniversary of first man into space, Yuri Gagarin, April 12, 1961
- 60th anniversary of Ed
CHICORA: The original (pre-colonization) name of Carolina.
- The song: "Lone star of nations! Chicora, Chicora!"
- The 19th century iron clad vessel: CSS CHICORA
- The R&D sub-orbital space launch vehicle: An expendable, liquid fueled (LOX, LPG),
pressure fed, 500 lbs. thrust, Rocket vertically stabilized with gimballed chamber TVC.
Chicora performance - How High? (pdf) Screen shot of the program we use to estimate rocket performance.