The RRS held its 2017 Rocket and Space Exhibition and Symposium today, April 22nd, at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena.
pulling up the banner
2017 RRS symposium
In attendance was Orbital-ATK, Aerospace Corporation, Tyvak, Navy Air Weapons Center at China Lake, the China Lake Museum, Rocketry Organization of California (ROC), University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, California State University Long Beach, University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, California Institute of Technology, Oregon State, Mars City Design, Spaceport LA and the Magnolia Science Academy.
Many of the university groups and private companies were exhibitors at the event.
UCSD SEDS group
UCLA Rocket Project
USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory
The Rocketry Organization of California (ROC) had a great exhibit.
Rocketry Organization of California (ROC)
Mars City Design and Spaceport L.A. were both at the exhibition.
Mars City Design
Mars City Design
Mars City Design
The China Lake Museum also had a great display for their museum in Ridgecrest, CA, soon to be unveiled to the public.
China Lake Museum Foundation
China Lake Museum
Also, we were very fortunate to have a lot of rocketry equipment on display (on loan) from Norton Sales.
TRW pintle engine on display, courtesy of Norton Sales
Norton Sales – North Hollywood, CA
thrust chamber on loan from Norton Sales at the RRS symposium exhibition
Rocketdyne Atlas vernier engine
The RRS SuperDosa full-scale mockup was also on display.
The RRS SuperDosa rocket, full-scale mockup
Also a fine piece from Apogee Astronautics, a Viper 3A booster, on loan to the RRS symposium exhibition courtesy of Robert Kleinberger.
Viper 3A booster on loan from Apogee Astronautics
Many current and former members of the RRS were at the symposium.
Larry Hoffing, Niels Anderson, Chip Bassett, George Garboden and John Mariano
Hal Duffy and Osvaldo Tarditti
George Dosa, at the RRS symposium
Richard Garcia, our director of research at the RRS, had his liquid rocket breadboard on display, one of several projects started at the RRS this year.
Richard and his liquid rocket breadboard
RRS liquid rocket vehicle breadboard, work in progress
John Mariano and Larry Hoffing were both on hand at the RRS table all day at the symposium to talk about the society’s rich history and our recent work with local schools including Hermosa, Compton’s Rise Academy and the Girls Academic Leadership Academy of LA USD.
John Mariano at the RRS symposium exhibit
RRS exhibition at the 2017 symposium
The RRS looks forward to doing more events with schools as the importance of STEAM education is increasingly important. To anyone interested in doing rocket build events with the RRS, please contact the RRS at our events email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Osvaldo and Frank started off the symposium with the welcoming speech in the exhibition hall.
Frank Miuccio, RRS VP, gives an opening speech
I had the pleasure of giving the first presentation on the RRS’s history, present and future goals.
Dave Nordling, RRS past, present and future
We had presenters running throughout the day. Our presenters gave great speeches. We had a lot of participation from industry, academia and government with a good range of topics.
Warren Frick of Orbital-ATK presents at the RRS symposium speaker series
Matt Walker of NAWC China Lake presents at the RRS symposium
Dr. Jamie Bock of Cal Tech Astronomy Department presents on the CIBER project
Mars City Design has been in partnership with the RRS. Vera Mulyani gave a great presentation on their goals. On behalf of the RRS, Frank donated an alpha to the Mars City Design team for their upcoming “An Evening on Mars” dinner event on May 25th. An Evening on Mars – May 25, 2017 The RRS is glad to be working with Mars City on this ambitious project.
An RRS alpha is donated to Mars City Design
We are very grateful to all who came and to the Ken Nakaoka Community Center for hosting our event.
Ken Nakaoka Community Center – via Facebook
Also, we had a lot of great volunteers who we are indebted for making setup and teardown go swiftly and smoothly.
Dave Nordling, Richard Garcia, Bill Janczewski
The RRS thanks all of our volunteers!
Some of the photos on this post are courtesy of Tony Richards. Thank you for taking those, Tony. If there’s more photos anyone would like to share, please let me know.
Also, the RRS wants to thank Tacos Los 2 Amigos for providing lunch just outside of the community center. Many people appreciated and enjoyed it!
Tacos Los 2 Amigos – Yelp
In early April, I put out a group of emails to everyone that is on the RRS mailing list that I have. At the symposium, some of our current and former members have said that they didn’t receive the notice. As it seems our mailing list hasn’t been reaching everyone, please email me at: email@example.com and I will be sure to make the update.
Also, if any of our membership is having trouble accessing the members content on the RRS.ORG website, also, please let me know. I can talk to our webmaster and get that resolved.
The RRS is looking forward to next year’s symposium and if anyone has any feedback or any suggestions for improvement for next year’s symposium, please contact Frank.
We’ll be having a launch event at the MTA this next Saturday, April 29th, with UCLA doing a static firing and a launch. I hope there will be other launches we can do at this event.
Also, our next RRS meeting will be Friday, May 12th, 7:30pm, in Gardena. Please come out as we’ve got a lot of exciting things planned this summer and fall.