By Duncan Graham-Rowe. An amateur rocket called GoFast has made history by becoming the first such rocket to reach kilometres altitude — the official edge of space. CSXT claims it is the most powerful amateur rocket ever built. As it roared off its launch pad, team members, enthusiasts and US Federal Aviation Administration officials watched cheering it on. The rocket accelerated rapidly, reaching nearly kilometres per hour in just 9 seconds. On reaching its altitude it then lingered for a few minutes before beginning its descent.
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Rocket Record: The Largest, Heaviest Amateur Rocket Ever Launched
In this section we cite various advanced experimental rocketry acheivements such as the highest altitude reached by an amateur rocket. We also list various other accomplishments of interest. We also list several competitions in advanced rocketry.
Amateur rocketry , sometimes known as experimental rocketry or amateur experimental rocketry , is a hobby in which participants experiment with fuels and make their own rocket motors, launching a wide variety of types and sizes of rockets. Amateur rocketeers have been responsible for significant research into hybrid rocket motors, and have built and flown a variety of solid, liquid, and hybrid propellant motors. Amateur rocketry was an especially popular hobby in the late s and early s following the launch of Sputnik , as described in Homer Hickam 's memoir Rocket Boys. One of the first organizations set up in the US to engage in amateur rocketry was the Pacific Rocket Society established in California in the early s. The group did their research on rockets from a launch site deep in the Mojave Desert.