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MSRP President’s Message
I am honored to accept the role of President of this great organization this year. It is a time of tremendous evolution here on the Space Coast. We are seeing many new Pioneers in our neck of the woods as a myriad of new commercial aerospace companies begin to move here. In the years ahead, we will see fantastic new vehicles do things we never imagined only a few years ago.
We will see a glimpse of things to come at our semi-annual Pioneers Dinner on November 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Cocoa Beach Hilton. Our Keynote speaker is Mr. Ronald D. Jones, Rocket Crafters’ Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer.
I hope you will join me in welcoming our new neighbors as they Pioneer the future. It promises to be amazing!
Bill Allen, President
The semi-annual Pioneers Dinner will be held on November 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Cocoa Beach Hilton. Our Keynote speaker is Mr. Ronald D. Jones, Rocket Crafters’ Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer.
Ron Jones is considered an expert in the use of additive fabrication technology and Direct-Digital Manufacturing (DDM) methodologies for designing and manufacturing aerospace structures and advanced hybrid rocket motors. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and papers on advanced composites and hybrid rocket propulsion. Rocket Crafters is developing two breakthrough technologies, which combined will enable the average person the opportunity to one-day travel to space safely and affordably.
Mr. Jones has over 30 years of combined manufacturing and research experience. A prolific inventor, Ron specializes in composites fabrication automation systems and advanced hybrid rocket propulsion. The unifying theme to all of his inventions and interests relate to the use of additive fabrication technology to develop 21st century products of unprecedented value. He is the inventor or co-inventor of over a half dozen inventions with four patents, granted or pending in his name.
Mr. Jones’ current research work involves the development of multifunctional polymers and sandwich structured composites for specialized military applications; and the development of D-DART™, a next-generation hybrid rocket propulsion technology. D-DART is considered by many in the space industry to be both revolutionary and industry disruptive. Ron has extensively studied the emerging Commercial Space Transport market and its potential transformational benefits to society. He is an outspoken proponent of private space travel.
Mr. Jones studed Pysicis Engineering at Western Kentucky University. He earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from Souteastern Louisiana University and is a graduate of the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate Shool, Pensacola, Florida. Ron is a former Naval Flight Officer and currently holds an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. Ron is also a certified facilitatory for Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and Principle Centered Leadership.
Rocket Crafters, Inc. (“Rocket Crafters” or “RCI”) was founded in November 2010 to develop and commercialize a family of synergistic and interrelated aerospace products for the Commercial Space and Military Rocket & Guided Missile markets. The Utah-based company holds licenses for advanced hybrid rocket and aerospace composite technologies, as well as proprietary hybrid rocket design and analysis software. Rocket Crafters has announced plans to design, test and manufacture rocket propulsion products and dual-propulsion flight vehicles in Titusville, Florida.
The D-DART™ next-generation hybrid rocket motors are the centerpiece of the company’s planned product offering. Rocket Crafters’ rocket propulsion systems are being developed and engineered for integration with a broad-range of rockets, missiles, launch vehicles, and spacecraft.
These propulsion systems are throttle capable, volume producible, affordable, consistent burning, high-performing, cluster-capable, and safe to manufacture, transport, and operate. The competitive advantages of these revolutionary hybrid rocket motor technology have been validated through a series of ground-based hot fire tests.
The company’s Spacecraft Division has embarked upon an exciting development program of privately funded, dual propulsion – jet and hybrid rocket powered trainers that will create the world’s first opportunity for civilian pilots to get stick-n-rudder training in high-performance rocket powered aircraft and suborbital capable space planes.
Rocket Crafters will introduce a primary level trainer capable of teaching conventional-to-rocket powered flight transition before the end of 2012 and begin delivery of these jet/rocket powered aircraft to flight schools and aviation colleges beginning in 2013. Much of the design/engineering for these advanced sub-orbit capable space plane has been completed. The company anticipates the vehicle’s first flight before the end of 2014.
The company recently announced plans to start operations in temporary facilities at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. The company has plans to move operations from Utah and build a 33-acre complex in Titusville by 2014, housing a workforce of over 1,300 by 2017.
Artist concept of a new breed of sub-orbital ship, being designed and built by Rocket Crafters, a company moving into Titusville.
Fall Keynote Speaker: Ronald D. Jones, Rocket Crafters’ President and Chief Technology Officer