National Air and Space Museum Archives

American Rocket Company (AMROC) Records

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2006.0047
Creators:
American Rocket Company (AMROC)
Dates:
bulk 1987-1995
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
2.18 Cubic feet
(2 box)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of AMROC's business records. Included here is information on AMROC's various hybrid rocket motor programs and models, including Aquila, Hybrid Engine Analysis and Technology (HEAT), and SET-1, as well as general information relating to hybrid rocket technology. The types of materials present here include: correspondence, articles, press releases, presentations, analyses, reports, programs, agreements, and financial data.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The American Rocket Company (AMROC) was established in 1985 by George Koopman with the goal of developing space exploration with hybrid rocket technology. Promoting the safety and economical aspects of hybrid motors, AMROC developed several hybrid rocket motors through various partnerships and programs. AMROC's first proposed launch, with Single Engine Test-1 (SET-1), was postponed numerous times and the eventual attempt was not successful. AMROC was eventually crushed by a combination of hardships, including financial difficulties and the sudden death of Koopman due to a car accident. Without Koopman's motivation and leadership AMROC slowly deteriorated. The company did, however, play a key role in the development of hybrid rocket motors. The innovative technology AMROC used is still being used in the development of hybrid rocket technology.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Scott Sacknoff, Gift, 2006

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
American Rocket Company (AMROC) Records, 2006-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Rocketry Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Astronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rocket engines Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
AMRCO Single Engine Test-1 (SET-1) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
AMROC Aquila Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
AMROC Hybrid Engine Analysis Technology (HEAT) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Technical manuals -- 20th century Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Periodicals Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Financial records Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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