In 1957, the same year that Carlisle and Stine developed the safe amateur rocket, the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) was formed. Among many other things, the NAR organizes clubs, rocketry meets, contests, and competitions. It also advocates the safe use of model rockets. As part of this program, it established a safety code that all amateur rocket makers must promise to abide by. The NAR and its code are largely responsible for the hobby being one of the safest in the world. You can find the NAR safety code at http://nar.org/ NARmrsc.html.
rocket-powered locomotive is an impressive thing to see!
Perhaps the ultimate in rocket travel is a rocket-propelled human being. The rocket backpack—or Small Rocket Lift Device (SRLD)—was developed by Bell Aerosystems for the U.S. Army. It was tested in 1961. The idea was to create a small personal propulsion device that would be strapped to the back of a soldier. It would enable soldiers to use low-power rocket propulsion to rapidly but safely travel or leap over short distances like small rivers or ravines and land upright on their feet. Unfortunately, the 125-pound (56 kg) weight of the SRLD, combined with a flight time of only twenty-six seconds, made it too limited for practical use.
Was this article helpful?