[SS2S-Main] Re: Changes to SS2S; Moving forward in our pursuit of reaching Space on the power of Sugar...

  • From: Jeff Moore <tnetcenter@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: SS2S List <sugarshot@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:25:28 -0700

Richard,

I'm so sorry to see you stepping down from your leadership position on the
SS2S team!  In my opinion, you have done an outstanding job leading the
team to where we are at today.  That progress toward our goal has been slow
is in no way a reflection upon you OR your leadership!  In fact, it is my
sincere belief that the SS2S project would have collapsed on it's own a
long time ago w/o your leadership!  Thank you for all of the time and
effort you have dedicated to this goal!  I hope that you will continue to
participate in the SS2S efforts regardless of whatever form those efforts
may take!

Rick - Thank you for stepping up into the leadership position1  I'll leave
it to you guys to figure out how to accomplish the overall SS2S project
goals - you can count on my participation going forward!

Jeff Moore
Bend, Oregon


On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM, Richard Nakka <richard.rocketry@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

> I have decided to step down as Director of the Sugar Shot to Space
> program.This decision followed a great deal of contemplation and was
> not an easy decision to make. We are now entering our 10th (yes, 10th)
> year of the program, and while a great deal of accomplishments have
> been made, and we have much to be proud of, truth is we are no closer
> to our goal of reaching Space than when we started.
>
> Two recent motor failures of the innovative DD-slot grain weighed in
> on my decision. Not only did this grain configuration prove to be a
> dissappontment , it made me come to the conclusion (rightly or
> wrongly) that large motors utilizing conventional sugar propellant may
> not be feasible. Or at the very least, require a lot more research and
> testing to come up with a suitable technique.
>
> Approximately one week ago I notified some of the key SS2S team
> members of my decision.  This past Sunday, a telecon was held in this
> regard. Participants were myself, Chris King, Rick Maschek, Hans Olaf
> Toft and Hayk Azatyan. Much discussion followed as the the future of
> SS2S. Chris King made the decision to step down as Lead of the
> Avionics group, stating the he has achieved much of what he aimed for
> when he first joined SS2S. Rick Maschek, on the other hand, felt that
> the SS2S program has a definite future and that he offered to take
> over the directorship role. This change in leadership was endorsed by
> all participants. Hayk offered to lead the avionics endeavour, and
> Chris offered to provide assistance with the transition and to help
> out in the future if the need were to arise. I also stated that I
> would be glad to take on a lesser role and provide any technical and
> project-related help that would might be requested in the future.
> Regarding his future participation in SS2S avionics, Hans stated that
> he will have to ponder his participation over the next while and will
> inform us when he has made his decision. Vicente, Randy Dormans,
> Mattias Lampe and Paul Avery have since indicated their eagerness to
> continue their participation.
>
> One of the first decisions that Rick made as new Director of SS2S was
> to shelve the dual-burn concept, and instead, focus on developing a
> two-stage rocket. Rick strongly felt that most of the setbacks we
> encountered were a result of pursuing the dual-burn concept. Rick
> recently provided a sketch (attached) of a rocket that simulations
> indicated would be capable of reaching the 100 km altitude goal. A
> smaller prototype is planned to test the motors and staging concept.
> Rick has recently been directly involved in high altitude
> staged-rocket flights that proved to be successful and has therefore
> gained confidence that this is the way to go with SS2S.
>
> More information on the future direction of SS2S will be provided as
> developments unfold.
>
> Let's give Rick and the team our full support in this renewed quest to
> reach Space on fhe power of Sugar.
>
> cheers,
> Richard Nakka
>

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