Rockets to Race at Oshkosh in August; Armadillo to Produce LOX Engines for Racers


The Rocket Racing League, the new entertainment sports league that combines the exhilaration of racing with the power of rocket engines, today announced that the First Exhibition Race of the Rocket Racing League will take place on August 1st and August 2nd at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.

In addition to announcing the dates of the First Exhibition Races, the Rocket Racing League also announced the remaining series of exhibition races for the rest of 2008. Armadillo Aerospace will manufacture liquid oxygen (LOX) engines for the league, officials announced.

EAA AirVenture is the largest air show in the world. For the first time ever, two Rocket Racers will compete head-to-head in a demonstration race in the raceway in the sky. The Rocket Racer pilots will view the “raceway in the sky” via in-panel and 3D helmet displays and the 700,000 people in attendance at EAA AirVenture will witness the racing action live on multiple large projection screens.

“The first Exhibition Race of the Rocket Racer is an important milestone in the progression of the Rocket Racing League,” said Granger Whitelaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Rocket Racing League. “We look forward to sharing the experience and thrill of rocket racing with the public.”

“EAA has followed the development of the Rocket Racing League concept with great interest,” said EAA President Tom Poberezny. “We are excited about the opportunity to develop a whole new audience of aviation enthusiasts, while at the same time promoting aviation innovation.”

Following the first Exhibition Race at EAA AirVenture, the RRL will hold exhibition races at venues around the country, including:

  • Reno National Championship Air Races (Reno, NV) – September 10-14
  • X Prize Cup (Las Cruces, NM) – TBD 2008
  • Aviation Nation, Nellis AFB, (Las Vegas, NV) – November 8-9

Rocket Racing also announced that Mesquite, Texas-based Armadillo Aerospace will be providing LOX engines for the league. A leading provider of reusable rocket-powered vehicles, Armadillo Aerospace is focused on vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) suborbital research and passenger flights, with an eye towards eventual paths to orbit.

“Flying people on our rockets has been our goal from day one, and we are excited to work with the Rocket Racing League to provide a system that will be safe for the pilots, cost effective and robust for the teams, and spectacular for the crowds,” said John Carmack, president of Armadillo Aerospace.