|FEATURE - SEPTEMBER, 1999 - JEFFERSON, GEORGIA|
Jefferson firm ready for Nevada rocket launch
Employees at Hybrid
Dynamics Aerospace clapped and cheered Monday morning as they
raised a 25-foot rocket outside their rural Jefferson facility.
After months of ground-testing and construction, the large silver
rocket will be the firm's first flight test of a unique propulsion
system that could someday put satellites into orbit at a much
lower cost than today's technology.
The rocket and its ground launch system are now on their way to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for a scheduled launch this weekend. The hybrid motor system is expected to push the rocket to above 50,000 feet altitude. Parachutes will bring the rocket back to the ground so that the firm can examine components of the propulsion system.
Hybrid Dynamics is owned by Aloise McNichols, Jefferson, who is president of the firm. Drew Prentice, Nicholson, is vice president of research and development, and Carl McNichols, Jefferson, is vice president of external affairs.
The company has done some work for both civilian and military departments, but the hybrid propulsion system is being funded by the firm itself. The Black Rock test flight is part of the company's long-range sounding rocket program to develop and build low-cost rocket motors to deploy a variety of research items into the earth's atmosphere and perhaps into orbit.
Hybrid rocket test comes unhitched
Photos from Nevada launch site
Home / Job Market
/ Real Estate / Automotive / Classifieds
Jackson Community / Banks Community / Madison Community
The Jackson Herald / The Commerce News
The Madison County Journal / The Banks County News / Sports
Advertising / Printing / Banks County Legals / Jackson County Legals
Features / Archives / MainStreet History / Links
Send A Letter / Subscribe / Place A Classified Ad / List Your Business
Search this site
33 Lee Street, P.O. Box 908 Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Telephone: (706) 367-5233 Fax: (706) 367-8056
Email ADVERTISING or PRINTING
Email NEWS DEPARTMENTS