Rocket Racing League(R) Conducts Successful Rocket Racer Flights at EAA AirVenture

2008-08-04 18:09:00

Rocket Racing League(R) Conducts Successful Rocket Racer Flights at EAA AirVenture

      New entertainment sports league takes historic steps at Oshkosh

                 Unveils DKNY MEN as first official sponsor



    NEW YORK, Aug. 4 /EMWNews/ -- The Rocket Racing League today

celebrates the historic inaugural flights of the Rocket Racer(R), which

captivated the hundreds of thousands of people on-hand at EAA AirVenture in

Oshkosh, WI. Beginning with the first public demonstration flight of the

Rocket Racer on Tuesday, July 29th and followed by additional flights on

August 1st and 2nd, the Rocket Racing League showed the world what the

future of sports, entertainment, and aviation will look like. The Rocket

Racing League is a new entertainment sports league combining rocket engines

and 21st century technology to make it the most interactive and exciting

fan sport in the world.



    "We did it!" said Rocket Racing League founder and CEO Granger

Whitelaw. "The three flights we conducted last week have shown the world

what the future of racing and entertainment will look like. We are looking

forward to the next step of conducting our first exhibition races and

displaying the amazing 3D racetrack in the sky technology."



    During all three flights, two-time NASA Shuttle commander Rick Searfoss

was the test pilot and ignited the Rocket Racer's rocket engine and took to

the skies above Oshkosh for 10-minute demonstrations that comprised between

15 to 35 seconds of burn time. Aerobatic moves were completed in different

angles, including a 90 degree turn, "Aileron" rolls and the "Double

Immelman," which is extremely difficult for most planes but not so for a

Rocket Racer given its power and thrust. The Bridenstine DKNY Rocket Racer

is based on Velocity Aircraft's canard airframe that is outfitted with an

XCOR Aerospace LOX engine capable of 1,500 lbs. of thrust.



    "These flights would not have happened without the amazingly hard

working team here at Rocket Racing League," continued Whitelaw. "Working

with the development teams at XCOR and Velocity Aircraft as well as the

logistics folks at EAA, the flights went off without a hitch and the Rocket

Racer performed exactly as planned."



    At a press conference prior to the July 29th flight, Granger Whitelaw

officially introduced DKNY MEN as the first official sponsor and clothing

provider of the Rocket Racing League and official team sponsor of

Bridenstine Rocket Racing, one of six teams set to compete in future Rocket

Racing League races.



    The Rocket Racing League has posted videos and photos of the first

three flights of the Rocket Racer at the following FTP site:




Domain: rocketracingleague.ipower.com Username: press_ftp Password: pressmaterials NOTE: You will need an FTP Client Program to access site For more information or to find a schedule of future Rocket Racing League events, visit http://www.RocketRacingLeague.com.

    About The Rocket Racing League(R)



    Founded in 2005 by two-time Indianapolis 500 winning team partner

Granger Whitelaw and X PRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter H. Diamandis, MD, the

Rocket Racing League(R) (RRL(TM)) is a new entertainment sports league that

combines the exhilaration of racing with the power of rocket engines. To be

held at venues across the country, the Rocket Racing League will feature

multiple races pitting up to 10 Rocket Racers going head to head in a

4-lap, multiple elimination heat format on a 5-mile "Formula One"-like

closed circuit raceway in the sky. For more information on the Rocket

Racing League, please visit http://www.rocketracingleague.com.




Media Contact John McCartney of Attention! for Rocket Racing League (212) 201-7893 john_mccartney@attentionusa.com

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