The projects that we are supporting are:
Rockets For Schools
Since May 1995 there has been rockets launched from the shoreline
of Lake Michigan at Sheboygan, Wisconsin and some of those missles were
clasified by NASA as being sub orbital flights making the area of the
Sheboygan harbor a Space Port. It was designated as such by the Florida
Spaceport Authority, so on the day of the rocket launch, the area is
designated Spaceport Wisconsin.
The Rockets for Schools program has been organized to instruct
Students of grades 5-12 in the disciplines of rocket design operation.
The students build their own rockets and bring them to Sheboygan
on the two days of the exposition. Friday is taken up with
instruction and briefing on the part that each student would take in
Saturday's launch schedule. Some were assigned as controllers in Mission
Control, some were assigned to the Recovery Team and Range Safety Team.
Our participation was and is to help where we can as an organization.
We have helped with the program since its inception, and have had a booth
at the exposition every year of the program.
I would be remiss if I were not to tell you of the feature launch of
the program, which was the launch ot the LOKI sub orbital rocket that
was launched on Saturday afternoon. It is a NASA sounding rocket that would
attain an altitude of fifty (50) miles. Upon firing the missle would be
out of sight in a matter of seconds, Bang, Woosh, and all you see is a
streak of smoke trail against the deep blue sky.
The year 2002 RFS was fortunate to have Astronaut Frank Culbertson as
guest spaeker With all the rockets that were fired the days were exiting as always.
Astronaut Frank Culbertson
The Astronaut that spoke for RFS 2003 was Michael Forman, he gave a
detailed explanation of what he would be working on when he was on his
mission to the International Space Station.
For RFS 2004 the astronaut that spoke to the students Was Retired
Astronaut Winston Scott, who gave great explanations of everyday operations
during his Shuttle missions. This year there we Thirty-Nine teams that
launched their rockets and the Sheboygan Space Society display's theme
Was the Saturn mission of the Cassini orbiter and Huygens probe.
The year 2005 RFS was fortunate to have Astronaut Mark C. Lee (Colonel,USAF,RET.)
as guest spaeker This was thee secons time that he was guest Astronaut, He was the
guest speaker at thhe first RFS launch. With all the rockets that were fired the days were exiting as always.
Astronaut Mark C. Lee (NASA, RET.)
The year 2006 RFS was fortunate to have Astronaut Dr. John M. Grunsfeld as
guest spaeker. All the rockets that were fired even though the Saturday was rainy and wet.
Astronaut John M. Grunfeld
The year 2007 RFS Had the very good fortune to have a return vist by Astronaut John M. Grunfeld. All rockets we fired.
Astronaut Winston E. Scott
The year 2008 RFS Had the very good fortune to have a return vist by Astronaut John M. Grunfeld. All rockets we fired.
Retired Astronaut Mark C. Lee
The year 2009 RFS Had the very good fortune to have a return vist by Retired Astronaut Mark C. Lee. All rockets we fired.
Astronaut John M. Grunfeld
The year 2010 RFS Had the very good fortune to have a return vist by Astronaut John M. Grunfeld. All rockets we fired.
Astronaut Michael J. Formeman
The year 2011 RFS Had the very good fortune to have a return vist by Astronaut Michael J. Foreman. In fact this is his second visit.
All rockets we fired.
The NTES Facility Project
This project was began on March 11,1996. The name of the project is called
Nuclear Thermal Engine Simulator (NTES). The Engine will be an electrically
heated expantion chamber. This will be used to test requirments for small
electrically heated engines and thrusters.
Summary of Project:
The project is to be a learning experience and the NTES is to be only one in
the body of a greater experiment. Other parts of this project is to test the
techniques of insitu building of Moon habitat type structures and to set the
foundation for the next step experiment, the Hybrid Ion Reactor Engine (HIRE)
which will be the next step in construction.
The area should be used for other then the above mentioned projects and
it is designed for other experimental use. The test stand should be able
to accommodate a motor with a thrust of two thousand pounds (2000 lb.).
Whaleback Shoal/Island Spaceport Wisconsin Feasibility Study
There were three possible sights considered for the spaceport and the launch
direction would be primarily to the north, and east.
The second premise is that the launch vehicles would be of the Single Stage
to Orbit, or Second Stage to Orbit
type. The three sights are as follows:
This project Has been put on hold because of no responce to inquiries that were
We hope to reactivate this study at a later date.