I want to get into high power. I would have done this years ago but,
the 62.5g limit turned me away. I have been watching hybrids and now it
looks like the time to leap. However, knowing that it is the time to
leap means that the ATF will now try to shut that down as well.
So I want to fly to Canada to launch a few times a year. Black Rock is
a long drive for me and I don't look forward to it. It seams to me that
just launching in countries that seam to have a clue (Canada,
Netherlands, etc...) is the solution here. It is just like switching
jobs. These countries seam to be going out of there way for us. I bet a
meeting with some Canadian gov officials would go a long way to setting
up a very nice relationship. Those in HPR make good money. To me the
plane flight would be cheaper then my time. Plus, think of it. A
hundred or so American engineers/scientists have to fly to Canada just
to shoot their rockets off. What great PR for the ATF (I guess they
need some new bad PR now after Ruby Ridge, Waco, Miami, etc...)
The fact that we even have a lawsuit going on with the ATF (the Federal
Gov.) over rocketry tells me that this country is over for this hobby.
Or, rather scientists/engineers in general. This would never, ever,
happen in the 50s. Why fight it? You can't ever win. In all my years of
consulting I learned one thing. When it is time to leave. Lets just go
launch in Canada. They immediately become less relevant. Permanently
leaving wouldn't be a bad idea either. Countries that are open to
rocketry seam to be open to scientists/engineers as well. The US
definitely isn't anymore.
German scientists put the US on the moon. Back then they had a choice.
Go to Russia, or go to the US. They chose the US. Now it is time to
just look at other options.
So anyone know of any launch clubs up in Canada?
- posted 15 years ago