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Bill Colburn

Project Leader

The SORAC Project

HQ Phone:  (831) 637-2442

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www.hybriddyne.com

Bill Colburn ~ Project Director
Bill was born on a day when Robert Goddard and his crew were readying a rocket for flight at Roswell. Bill started the third Amateur Rocket Group in California, following on the heels of Ed Sawyer's Pacific Rocket Society and George James' Reaction Research society. The Rocket Motor Research Society of Watsonville California was a prolific group, launching over 1200 rockets in their 20 years of existence. One of the rockets launched was a Hypergolic (self igniting) Hybrid Rocket. That was prophetic, as years later Bill would become an expert on Hybrid Rocket Propulsion. Bill was an Aerospace Engineer on the Apollo Lunar Project, designing some 5 mission critical pyro systems for the flights. Later Bill worked at Thiokol in the Advanced Design Group, then at Huntsville. Bill has many patents in the field of propellants and pyrotechnics; a recent one is for a miniature fully cooled bi-propellant rocket motor. Many see Bill as the "Father of Sugar Rocketry" from his experiments with sugar based propellants in his youth. He recently has rewritten his Hybrid Manual and has made it available to rocketeers in the USA. Bill is the Project leader of the SORAC Project and continues to design hybrid vehicles for this project as well as for others around the USA. © Copyright 2004, William Colburn, Jeff Jakob


lunar.org [cached]

Bill Colburn Hybrid Rocketry / Early Bay Area Rocketry
The early pre-Estes years of rocketry are the main course followed by anecdotal Apollo Memories that have not been shared as yet relating to the Little Joe Astronaut Recovery Testing and the 5 mission critical pyro devices he designed for the Apollo Program. About Bill Colburn Bill Colburn, a rocketeer, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Consultant for over 60 years. In the Rocket Motor Research Society tested 1200 Sugar Propellant Motors (as the apparent originator of this propellant) as well as ram jets, pulse jets, bi-liquid engines and hybrid rocket motors over an 18 year span. Later the President of the Northern California Chapter of the Reaction Research Society. Bill is the founder of Aerocon, now operated by Bob Fortune, a rocketry supply company. Bill is currently the project leader for a small launch vehicle, a civilian sector activity.



www.the-rocketman.com [cached]

Further information was given to Bill Colburn of AEROCON who calculated that the upper stage reached an altitude tracked at just over 78,700 feet.


www.lunar.org [cached]

Bill Colburn - Hybrid Rocketry / Early Bay Area Rocketry
The early pre-Estes years of rocketry are the main course followed by anecdotal Apollo Memories that have not been shared as yet relating to the Little Joe Astronaut Recovery Testing and the 5 mission critical pyro devices he designed for the Apollo Program. About Bill Colburn Bill Colburn, a rocketeer, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Consultant for over 60 years. In the Rocket Motor Research Society tested 1200 Sugar Propellant Motors (as the apparent originator of this propellant) as well as ram jets, pulse jets, bi-liquid engines and hybrid rocket motors over an 18 year span. Later the President of the Northern California Chapter of the Reaction Research Society. Bill is the founder of Aerocon, now operated by Bob Fortune, a rocketry supply company. Bill is currently the project leader for a small launch vehicle, a civilian sector activity.


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