NOVEDADES (Solo se conserva a manera de archivo historico las novedades hasta el final de 2004)

20 de Noviembre del 2004 La empresa Norteamericana ESTES fabrica cohetes modelo del "Gauchito" para su venta en Estados Unidos.

La empresa de cohetería modelo ESTES ROCKETS, pionera en este campo con más de 40 años en la industria, ha lanzado al mercado de los Estados Unidos modelos del “Gauchito”. Nuestro equipo recibe un porcentaje de las ventas del mismo (el cual debe ser sin lugar a dudas el único producto en el mundo que lleva la bandera Argentina siendo distribuido en el exterior exclusivamente).
El kit para armar y lanzar (aterrizando en paracaídas) se vende a unos $7 Dólares. El dinero recibido de las ventas se destina en su totalidad a investigación y desarrollo del "Gauchito". Miles de órdenes para la compra del "Gauchito" han llegado a la empresa
ESTES ROCKETS para la próxima navidad en los Estados Unidos y por su bajo precio y nivel elemental de construcción equipara al Spaceship One en cantidad de pedidos a las jugueterias.

2004 - Informes de prensa en inglés (Cortesía X Prize Foundation)

25 de Septiembre del 2004

Pablo de Leon and Associates of Buenos Aires, Argentina, recently celebrated the successful final testing of the escape tower system for their Gauchito vehicle. At 100 miles South of Buenos Aires, the half scale vehicle was tested yielding flawless results. Team leader, Pablo de Leon, commented that the "successful separation of the capsule in the event of a launch vehicle failure was an important achievement." Looking ahead, a new static test to certify the hybrid engine will take place next month in the Patagonia, and tests of the capsule electronic equipment are to follow soon after. Training and water recovery is planned for early next year.

1 de Julio del 2004

The Argentine ANSARI X PRIZE team, is working to complete the first test of their escape system. This escape system is designed to lift the crew capsule to safety in case of malfunction of the main launch vehicle. The escape system is basically three solid-propellant rockets attached to a tower at 120 degrees each, on top of the capsule. In the test, the escape rockets will ignite and lift the capsule to a safe distance from the launch rocket. The test will be performed in the Province of Buenos Aires, in a secure test area. If successful, this test will allow Pablo de Leon and Associates to continue development and ensure safer flights tests.

14 de Junio del 2004

Pablo de León & Associates released a PDF file.
- In january 2002 we flew the first latin american payload in the U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour carrying 7 experiments to the International Space Station (I.S.S.).
- X Prize vehicle details:
LAUNCH METHOD: Vertical launch
PROPULSION: Hybrid (Liquid/solid) rockets
LANDING METHOD: Parachute landing system
- Several High Altitude Balloons test were performed during 2001/2002 from the Patagonia
GPS Positioning, and telemetry was transmitted to Earth every second.
Capsule flights were recorded in real time video and the images transmitted to Earth.
- Research in life support systems
Partial Pressure space suit, Thermal Protection Coverall
Space suit tested in high alttitude and thermal chamber.
- Research in life support systems.
- Space suit tested in high alttitude glider flights.
- A half scale rocket launch test took place in may 2003 with a total loss of the vehicle.
- Now, static tests of an improved propulsion system are taking place, and a new test flight with capsule recovery will be performed in september 2004

30 de Abril del 2004

The Argentine X PRIZE team of Pablo de Leon and Associates reports progress in its work towards a new flight test, having started in the final design of the capsule cockpit. Building of a flight vehicle/capsule is anticipated to begin shortly; at present several ergonomic studies are underway to determine how best to acommodate three persons in the spacecraft (as required by X PRIZE contest rules).
Testing of the thermal protection system has already been achieved succesfully.

 

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