[Planet News] LAUNCH Becomes the First Magazine for Hobby Rocketry and Commercial Space Travel Enthusiasts

NEW YORK, New York USA /PRNewswire/ -- LAUNCH Magazine, a new bimonthly
created by veteran editors, is the world's first glossy magazine focused
on hobby rocketry and 21st Century space travel and exploration.
Focused on commercial space travel and space-related hobbies, LAUNCH
brings national consumer magazine editorial standards to the coverage of
civilian rocketry and the aerospace industry. It will also regularly
feature developments in the U.S. and international space programs.
"Suddenly space travel -- led by remarkable private industry efforts --
is becoming a hot topic again," says Mark Mayfield, editor-in-chief of
LAUNCH and president of MM Publishing Inc., the company producing the
new magazine. "The response to our first issue was overwhelming and it's
clear that we are filling a void for readers and advertisers."
A lifelong space enthusiast who covered five Space Shuttle flights as a
reporter in the 1980s, Mayfield also served as editor-in-chief of three
home design-related magazines: House Beautiful, Traditional Home and
Southern Accents magazines.
"I remember the Space Age as a kid, when our heroes were astronauts who
risked their lives for exploration," says Mayfield. "It's different
today, but there are actually so many more opportunities for private
citizens to participate in space programs. Back in the 1960s, it was
just NASA. Today, there are hundreds of private companies getting
involved in space exploration. And there are thousands of people, many
of them kids, who are flying model rockets as their way of learning and
LAUNCH Magazine will be published bimonthly and is available by
subscription for $29.95 annually, and soon on newsstands nationwide.
Subscriptions and single issue copies can also be ordered at the
magazine's website: launchmagonline.com. Joining Mayfield as LAUNCH's
managing editor and partner at MM Publishing is Deborah Martin. Martin
was previously managing editor at House Beautiful Magazine.
According to Mayfield, "With NASA's budgets slashed, billionaires like
Paul G. Allen, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos are getting into the space
business. They are using their personal fortunes to expand space
exploration and the public is once again focusing on space travel. We
haven't seen this level of excitement since the late 1960s."
Darrell D. Mobley editor of Rocketry Planet.com, one of the industry's
news portals, calls LAUNCH Magazine "beautiful and interesting" and
said, "it's better than anything else I've seen in the hobby ... it just
doesn't seem real. I just couldn't get enough."
Additional accolades about LAUNCH are coming in from executives
throughout the industry.
"LAUNCH Magazine is great! And I'm not usually so easily impressed,"
said Carl McLawhorn, president of Semroc Astronautics, a leading model
rocketry kit manufacturer. "If you have not subscribed yet, you better
John Dyer, president of Red River Rocketry, a Texas-based hobby rocketry
company said, "This is a quality magazine that is sure to be an instant
With a retro style design, LAUNCH will follow hobby rocketry in all
civilian forms including low power, mid power, high power and
experimental. In addition, it will cover the growing private, consumer
space efforts at places like New Mexico's Spaceport America, as well as
NASA's new exploration initiatives. "LAUNCH is uniquely positioned to
cover this new Space Age," says Mayfield. "It's time for a magazine as
good as exciting as the science it is covering."
For more information, please visit
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About LAUNCH Magazine
Founded in 2006 by veteran magazine editors, LAUNCH is the world's first
glossy magazine focused on model rocketry and 21st Century space travel
and exploration. The magazine is published bimonthly and is available by
subscription and on newsstands nationwide. For more information, please
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About MM Publishing
MM Publishing is a custom magazine company that specializes in producing
the highest-quality luxury publications for clients in the design, home
furnishings, travel, retail, and automotive industries. It also
publishes LAUNCH Magazine, the world's first glossy magazine focused on
model rocketry and 21st Century space travel and exploration. For more
information, please visit the corporate website at
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Where can I get the issue with the Interceptor upscale? It doesn't say on the website whether I would get that as my first issue if I subscribe so I am holding off.
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Pete Pemberton
yes, that is the issue you would get if you subscribe now (and probably for the next six weeks). If you want, I think you can request that your subscription start with the premier issue (the one with the interviews of Vern & Gleda Estes, and of Lee Piester).
Roy nar12605 unpaid shill for Launch mag.
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Roy Green
Personally, I would request to get the premiere issue. Then put it up and give it to your grandchild so they can sell it on eBay in 40 years.
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Darrell D. Mobley
Or it might be a desert filling.
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I attended many of the dress rehearsals, but not this one. Was there for Coneheads, Bass-o-matic, Andy Kaufman, several "samurai"s, etc.
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Fred Shecter
It's ironic that I was just telling someone about how, in Randy Avera's book _Memories of Columbia_, someone living and working in the Southwest is described as a "dessert rat."
-- Roger
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