75th anniversary symposium was a success!

The Reaction Research Society (RRS.ORG) was happy to celebrate its 75th anniversary as the country’s oldest continuously operating amateur rocketry society on April 21, 2018. At the Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena, California, we shared this special occasion with over 300 people from the Los Angeles and San Diego area and welcomed several guests from places further away.

(left to right) Osvaldo Tarditti, Bill Janczewski, Dave Nordling, Jim Gross, Frank Miuccio, Larry Hoffing, Alastair Martin, Richard Garcia, Bill Claybaugh, Drew Cortopassi, Chris Lujan

RRS member, Michael Lunny mans the front desk at the 2018 RRS symposium

RRS members, Jim Gross and John Mariano at the 2018 symposium

Osvaldo Tarditti, George James, George Dosa and Jerry Irvine at the RRS symposium

Bill Claybaugh and RRS founder, George James, at the 2018 RRS symposium

The RRS had a display of some of our society projects past and present. Also, some of our members had their projects on display including Richard Garcia’s liquid rocket and Bill Claybaugh’s massive two-stage rocket.

Richard Garcia discusses his liquid rocket vehicle at the 2018 symposium

An early liquid rocket test motor from George Dosa, furfuryl alcohol and nitric acid

RRS micrograin rockets on display with historical notes

Bill Claybaugh, Osvaldo Tarditti and Bill Janczewski stand before Claybaugh’s two-stage solid rocket on display

Photo montage of micrograin rocket launches

All thirteen RRS mail flights from 1947 – 1990

We had copies of the special 75th anniversary edition of the RRS Astrojet newsletter available for sale at the symposium. Thank you to Bill Janczewski for his hard work in making this high quality newsletter and the bright sign on the column for everyone to see as they came in. The Astrojet can still be purchased through our RRS.ORG website at our PayPal button if you write a note for “Astrojet, (X) copies” and send your mailing address.

Or just simply contact the RRS by email.
secretary@rrs.org

75th anniversary issue of the Astrojet newsletter on sale

We shared our exhibition space with the Los Angeles Air Force Base’s (LA AFB) Space and Missile Command (SMC) as they presented the long history of SMC. Our thanks to Lt. Col. Porter and his team for having a huge display of the Air Force’s contributions to space, national security and improvements to our daily lives. Also, the air-driven rocket launcher demonstration in the courtyard was a big hit.

Karen Austin, Director of SMC History at the 2018 RRS symposium

LA AFB SMC history on display at the 2018 RRS symposium

Lt. Col. Porter speaks at the SMC history exhibit

Also, just outside the Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena, was our colleagues at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Community Safety Partnership (CSP). Officers who have supported and participated in the rocket build classes we’ve had with Watts and Compton area schools were on hand to answer questions and show off the fun we’ve had over this last year.

LAPD CSP at the 2018 RRS symposium

We had several universities exhibiting and presenting at the RRS symposium including University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). All of them had impressive work to show with flights pending in just a few weeks before the semester or quarter ends.

CSU Long Beach exhibits and presents at the 2018 RRS symposium

The Additive Rocket Corporation of San Diego exhibited and presented their unique technology.

The Additive Rocket Corporation of San Diego exhibits and presents at the RRS symposium

Other exhibitors at the RRS symposium was our fellow amateur rocketry group, Rocketry Organization of California (ROC).
Rocketry Organization of California

ROC on display at the 2018 RRS symposium

The Notre Dame Academy was also present at our symposium.
Notre Dame Academy – WIkipedia

Notre Dame Academy at the 2018 RRS symposium

Our friends at the China Lake Museum also had a display to show the Navy’s contributions to rocketry and the national defense.
China Lake Museum

China Lake Museum on display at 2018 RRS symposium

U.S. Rockets was also exhibiting at the RRS symposium.
U.S. Rockets – Jerry Irvine

U.S. Rockets exhibiting at the RRS symposium

We had several speakers presenting on current and historical topics of professional and amateur rocketry including Jacky Calvignac of Northrop Grumman, our founder George James of his organization, The Rocket Research Institute (RRI), John Steinmeyer of Orbital-ATK and David Krause of NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia who called in by Skype.

George James, founder of the RRS, presents on behalf of the RRI

Jacky Calvignac shows the propulsion programs at Northrop Grumman

High School Rocket Propulsion Lab and new RRS members present their test firings from the RRS MTA

Aerospace Corporation’s presentation on additive manufactured propellant grains

We thank all of our attendees, presenters, exhibitors and just everyone who stopped in and had a good time with us. The RRS would like to especially thank Tony Richards for his photography taken at the RRS symposium.

The RRS will discuss at our next monthly meeting on May 11th if we’ll have another symposium next year in 2019. Based on the overwhelming response, this is very likely.

The 75th anniversary RRS symposium

The RRS celebrates 75 years.

The Reaction Research Society (RRS) is proud to announce the 75th anniversary symposium at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena, California. The symposium will begin at 9:00AM on Saturday, April 21st. This will be an all-day event with a short lunch break. We hope to have local food vendors near the community center. Also, Gardena has many restaurants along Western Avenue and down at Artesia Blvd.

Ken Nakaoka Community Center
1670 W. 162nd Street
Gardena, CA, 90247

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Google Maps – Gardena Recreation Center

first flyer for the RRS 75th anniversary symposium

We are proud to have speakers and exhibitors on topics of amateur and professional rocketry featuring guests from industry, academia and other rocketry organizations. Our list of speakers is below:

75th anniversary RRS symposium, speakers list

Exhibitors at the symposium include China Lake Historical Society, UCLA, CSU Long Beach, USC, UC Irvine, UCSD, Magnolia Science Academy, Spaceport L.A., our fellow colleagues at the Rocketry Organization of California (ROC), Los Angeles Air Force Base’s (LA AFB) Space and Missile Center (SMC) and officers from Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

pulling up the banner

Our educational non-profit group’s humble beginnings were a group of students in Glendale in 1943. Founded by George James, the Southern California Rocket Society was renamed the Glendale Rocket Society to avoid confusion with another local group. Later, the Glendale Rocket Society would become the Reaction Research Society to encompass more aspects of propulsion than rockets.

RRS founder, George James, with his “Slim Jim” rocket

These RRS members took their passion for rocketry and science sharing it with other like-minded people ultimately leading to vibrant society persisting for three-quarters of a decade. We hope to have a photo montage from the long span of our history on display.

We will have many great exhibitors including regional universities sharing their projects. Our public event will be a great event for all. Contact Frank Miuccio, our symposium coordinator, with any questions.

vicepresident@rrs.org

RRS 75th anniversary symposium

The Reaction Research Society is proud to announce their 75th anniversary symposium on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena, California. Our 501(c)3 educational non-profit group is the oldest continuously operating amateur rocketry society in the United States. This is a milestone year and we are very proud to share our legacy, history and commitment to our passion for responsible science and learning.

Ken Nakaoka Community Center
1670 West 162nd Street
Gardena, California 90247

Built on the success of last year’s symposium we expect to have an even bigger event with presenters and exhibitors from the aerospace industry, academia, private groups and government agencies. Speakers at our public event will talk on subjects of professional and amateur rocketry. We have already begun our preparations and have confirmed some of our speakers.

Our 75th anniversary symposium is coming soon!

Our symposium coordinator and society vice-president is Frank Miuccio who is happy to answer any questions about the upcoming symposium. We will have updates and more specifics as we progress towards the symposium date in April. You can follow us right here on RRS.ORG

vicepresident@rrs.org

We encourage all of our membership to help us in preparing for this great event. It is also a good time to consider joining the RRS as we have many great events and projects planned for this milestone year. Hope to see you there!