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We didn’t know what would happen. It was the first attempt. So many loose parts had to get along. Chances were nothing would happen at all; total silence. Or it would blow to pieces on the pad. Wait, what if it takes off? We added 4 heavy chains last minute to the
It happened just before Christmas, in a race with snowmageddon charging towards our small mountain town at the foothills of Sierra Nevada. We had rented a lift and the tanks weighed less than 100 kg total. Still, raising the very first Eiger Stage One turned out not
Mid-January Asterex hot-fired for the first time. A few months later we fired at 10 MPa, reaching goal pressure and 90% of the target total thrust. We did it on a storable propellant that also works for travel in space. The engine checked out, Black Magic was the last
9.8 seconds firing. Reached chamber pressure goal - 10 MPa. Two times the pressure of Rocketlab or any competitor in our rocket class (<500kg to LEO). Achieved +90% of theoretic thrust level! Mid-January Asterex hot-fired for the first time. Increasing pressure and
Left the office not knowing how the day would end. We could be up for one of our life's greatest victories. We could also be dead or in jail.“Whatever happens, let’s cherish this day." I held a small speech at the office over pizza just before we left at 1 pm.
Final race for the finish line started somewhere around Thanksgiving. No one thought it but by some miracle, skiing flew open which didn’t do us much. Kay broke his collar bone snowboarding and we were one man short, locked behind garage doors and forgetting when we