The Rocket Racing League will be doing flight demos of the Rocket Racer in Oshkosh later this month, between July 28th and Aug 3rd.
The RRL team has been working overtime to meet its goals for demonstration flights planned for three days during the convention. The flights, planned for July 29, August 1 and August 2, use aircraft based on Velocity Aircraft homebuilt canard designs. It marks the first public flights of these aircraft, which were first introduced in April.
I have heard (unconfirmed) as many as three RRL members may have their racers present. The development work on these craft was carried out by XCOR Aerospace at which a number of our readers work. Some of the Rocket Racers may use an engine from John Carmack’s Armadillo Aerospace. Because of the use of different fuel combinations a real race will see rockets with long colored flame tails behind them. Armadillo has been working on the injection of trace chemicals to allow an even wider range of colors for what many of us hope will become the most spectacular sport of the 21st Century.
Also on the near horizon is the third flight of the Spacex Falcon 1. The best information I have to date is it will occur no sooner than July 30 when the Kwajalein range again becomes available.