writes: "John Carmack of
Id Software fame has gotten deep
into serious amateur rocketry. His Armadillo Aerospace
web site gives regular status reports on the efforts of his team of mostly volunteers in building very
low cost VTVL (Vertical Takeoff, Vertical Landing) hydrogen
peroxide rocket vehicles. Last week he gave an impressive
presentation at the Space Access Society meeting
with a description of the progress made in their incremental
development of remotely controlled vehicles that will eventually
lead to a manned (suborbital) version."
The Space Access Society is worth checking out, anyhow, if you're interested in leaving earth without a NASA ticket -- their mission is to promote "to promote radically cheaper access to space, ASAP." The Armadillo Aerospace site also has one of the coolest-looking Linux machines I've seen yet, but there's no accounting for taste.