Rocket Racing... and your iPhone

Stan Megraw
23 January 2012

The Rocket Racing League (RRL) was founded in 2005. Its mission is to combine the competiveness of motor sports with the thrill of rocketry. However, it took 5 years before the RRL was ready to showcase its concept to the general public.

On Saturday April 24, 2010, the first-ever QuikTrip Air and Rocket Racing Show was held in front of a large crowd at the Tulsa International Airport. And soon there will be an app available that will let anybody participate in future races via the Internet.

The RRL race in Tulsa featured two rocket-powered airplanes, known as X-racers. Computer-generated graphics were used to project the course on a heads-up display fitted to the pilot’s visor. The liquid oxygen and ethanol propulsion system was able to get the aircraft to full throttle within a fraction of a second and airborne in about 4 seconds.

Prior to the race, a Cessna equipped with the same technology as the X-racers flew through the course. The images were displayed on giant screens and allowed the spectators to visualize what the pilots would be experiencing during race time.

Exhibition flights and demonstrations will continue through 2011 and it is hoped that competitive racing can begin in 2012. Also in the works is a RRL app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that will let users race against real pilots. The first app will be available in May 2010.

Check out the video to learn more about the Rocket Racing League.

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Stan Megraw

Stan is a writer/researcher, a PhD graduate of McGill University and was a member of the CurioCity team for several years. As a kid he dreamed of playing hockey in the NHL then becoming an astronaut with NASA. Instead, he ended up as an environmental research scientist. In his spare time Stan enjoys working on DIY projects, cooking and exploring his Irish roots.


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