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Bill Colburn

Project Leader

The SORAC Project

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The SORAC Project

P.O. Box 204

Hollister, California 95024

United States

Company Description

SORAC Project, initiated in 1995 as a Civil Experimental Aerospace endeavor. ... more

Background Information


Aerocon Systems Co

Amateur Rocket Group

Contributing Member
A-Rocket Moving & Storage Inc

Web References (21 Total References)

Bill Colburn ~ Project ... [cached]

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


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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.

LUNAR NARCON 2013 [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.

| About Us: Aerocon Systems [cached]

Aerocon was started in 1994 by Bill Colburn, a seasoned veteran of the aerospace world. Bill is an expert in solid, liquid, and hybrid rocket science. His experience in initiators, test protocols, aerodynamics, and airframe technology is unsurpassed in the community. As a result of his interest in rocket crafting he developed this business to supply rocketeers around the world with the parts necessary to pursue their avocation. Late in 1999 Bill decided to sell Aerocon and develop a start-up aerospace company called American Space and Propulsion. My name is Bob Fortune and having worked with Bill on his programs my interest and experience in experimental and amateur rocketry grew.

Bob Fortune, Bill Colburn, and other crew members at work in the Mojave Desert

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