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Monday, March 15, 2004
Space Transport Corp. News: Development Activity Update
In early March, STC launched a three-stage rocket (which can carry a 1-lb payload to 100 km). In-flight vibration evidently caused power failure, which ended communication with the rocket. Locating the landed rocket is extremely difficult in this situation.
Also in early March, STC conducted a second ground test of their 12” rocket engine, the engine that will power their X PRIZE vehicle. This engine operated properly for around 1.5 seconds (see picture nearby) before over-pressurizing and rupturing the casing. An undisclosed manufacturing improvement is expected to solve the problem.
You can read more in the word document they released.
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