It was sometime in 2003 that Loki Research became involved with the JAMSTAR project. Engineering students at the Florida Institute of Technology designed a boosted dart rocket and Darren Wright and I made a 152mm P motor for them. The rocket launched from a tomato field in Florida City, FL. There was, if I remember correctly, and unlimited FAA waiver, but the launch window was 2am-3am. Night launches are very cool until burnout, after that not so much. I don’t remember if the dart was recovered, but probably not, as the flight was over alligator infested marsh. One of the other advisor/assistants on the JAMSTAR project was a man named Chris Holland. Chris was the general counsel for United Space Alliance in Cape Canaveral and while we were there in Florida, Chris took us on an amazing tour of Kennedy Space Center. This was nothing like riding the tourist bus, we walked through most every building and got to climb on stuff, etc. At the time they were prepping for a shuttle launch. The Discovery orbiter was in the hangar getting new heat shield tiles and the SRB/tank stack was being readied in the VAB. We were able to climb around all of it, but I wasn’t allowed to photograph the orbiter. JAMSTAR Preview JAMSTAR Launch SRB Stack being readied in the VAB (vehicle assembly building) We walked out to pad 39, where the shuttles fly from Checking out the flame diverter trench, which will be under the pad when the pad arrives Then we climbed to the top And thought about what it would be like to walk down this gantry and into the shuttle I'll always be in debt to Chris for showing us around Kennedy Space Center.