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Rocket Racing League Makes Great Strides
LAS CRUCES, N.M., Aug. 2 - Rocket powered aircraft racing
for fame and glory will become a reality as the Rocket Racing League
moves forward in the development of this new sport. Recent developments
include the first Rocket Racing League team -- Leading Edge Rocket Racing,
hiring their first team pilot, Korey "Axe" Amundson. Amundson
is a full time reserve F-16 pilot for the 302nd Fighter Squadron at
Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. The competition in the league is about
to increase as the second league team will be announced as soon as contract
negotiations are completed.
Significant progress is being made on the Mark 1 X-Racer
at XCOR Aerospace headquartered in Mojave, California. XCOR Aerospace
is a developer of safer, more reliable and reusable rocket engines, rocket
propulsion systems and rocket powered vehicles. The Mark 1 X-Racer development
has achieved all major milestones including static test firings to 100%
thrust on the engine, airframe integration and avionics equipment.
"We are proceeding with power plant development leading to safer,
successful flight," said XCOR Aerospace President Jeff Greason. "We
are extremely satisfied with progress to date. We have hit all of our
major milestones and are excited about progressing with the testing and
development of this vehicle."
"We are thrilled with the tremendous development to date in Mojave
and could not be more pleased with what we are seeing," said Granger
Whitelaw, CEO of the Rocket Racing League. "It is exciting to see
this coming together."
In addition, the Rocket Racing League announced that it will not be flying
the Mark 1 X-Racer at the X PRIZE Cup in October of this year. The League
had hoped to accelerate the development schedule ahead of the vendor's
commitment, but that has not been possible. The Rocket Racing League will
continue to roll out key elements of the League at a timeline that best
meets the company's business objectives.
"There are many elements that have to be brought together to make
the Rocket Racing League successful. Through the efforts of our engineering
staff, and that of XCOR Aerospace, we've made great strides in the X-Racer
vehicle deployment," said Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman of the Rocket
Racing League. "We look forward to seeing the X-Racer in the very
For more information contact: Sandy Davenport, Communications Director,
Rocket Racing League, 1120 Commerce Dr. Suite B, Las Cruces, NM 88011
XCOR Aerospace is a California corporation located in Mojave, California. The company is in the business of developing and producing safer, more reliable and reusable rocket engines, rocket propulsion systems, and rocket powered vehicles.