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Old 02-20-2003, 08:39 AM   #1
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Angry Homeland Security Act bans model rockets

When I saw this bit, I felt a little outraged. I remember playing with all kinds of model rockets when I was little and in space camp (I remember once thinking that, if I tweaked it, it would fly into outer space ), and I must say I am shocked that they have decided to outlaw them. Future rocket engineers and probably millions of others learn the basics from model rockets when they're little.

I suppose they must be scared some 7 year old may load a model rocket with nuclear elements and fire it against... his neighbors

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Old 02-20-2003, 08:54 AM   #2
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Now I need to find a model rocket and shoot one off. This government needs to be taught a lesson. To ebay I go.
Old 02-20-2003, 10:21 AM   #3
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Were model rockets banned, or just some carriers aren't delivering the engines anymore? I used to fly rockets and UPS never liked delivering the engines anyway. Got out of it the day my scale model Saturn V blew up on the launch pad - faulty engine. Estes made a bad batch with cracked casings and never told anyone. Didn't get hurt, even the engine was basically a small bomb.
Old 02-20-2003, 04:50 PM   #4
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I am embaressed to be an American when I see things like that. Why don't we just outlaw everything....Sad...
Old 02-20-2003, 07:00 PM   #5
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That sucks. My teaching practice school had a rocket club and the kids loved it - this was a really deprived area and most of the kids didn't give a toss about science and technology normally.
Old 02-20-2003, 07:25 PM   #6
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I fear this is just the beginning . . .

for now it's only the transportation of it... I was kind of wondering how they could implament something like this in a short time AND make sure it gets enforced. No, they're just taking small steps in the wrong direction.

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Old 02-22-2003, 11:15 PM   #7
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My own government is embarassing me more & more everyday... =\


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