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JohnCoker

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I'm trying to clean up the no-longer-available motors on ThrustCurve.org, and one quick way to do that is by identifying defunct manufacturers. I did a quick spin through the existing manufacturers to see which ones no longer have an active web site, but that's not really definitive.

  • AeroTech: active
  • Alpha Hybrids: active?
  • Animal Motor Works: some available from CTI
  • Apogee Components: relabeled AT
  • Cesaroni Technology: active
  • Contrail Rockets: active?
  • Ellis Mountain: gone
  • Estes Industries: active
  • Gorilla Rocket Motors: active
  • Hypertek: available from CTI?
  • Kosdon by AeroTech: available from AT
  • Kosdon TRM: gone
  • Loki Research: active?
  • Propulsion Polymers: gone?
  • Public Missiles, Ltd.: relabeled AT
  • Quest Aerospace: active
  • R.A.T.T. Works: active?
  • Roadrunner Rocketry: active?
  • Rocketvision Flight-Star: gone
  • Sky Ripper Systems: gone?
  • Southern Cross Rocketry: active
  • West Coast Hybrids: active?

If you have more specific information, please post it here. For active manufacturers (other than the "big four"), I also need a current product list so that I can mark motors no longer produced.
 

CarVac

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I'm trying to clean up the no-longer-available motors on ThrustCurve.org, and one quick way to do that is by identifying defunct manufacturers. I did a quick spin through the existing manufacturers to see which ones no longer have an active web site, but that's not really definitive.

  • AeroTech: active
  • Alpha Hybrids: active?
  • Animal Motor Works: some available from CTI
  • Apogee Components: relabeled AT
  • Cesaroni Technology: active
  • Contrail Rockets: active?
  • Ellis Mountain: gone
  • Estes Industries: active
  • Gorilla Rocket Motors: active
  • Hypertek: available from CTI?
  • Kosdon by AeroTech: available from AT
  • Kosdon TRM: gone
  • Loki Research: active?
  • Propulsion Polymers: gone?
  • Public Missiles, Ltd.: relabeled AT
  • Quest Aerospace: active
  • R.A.T.T. Works: active?
  • Roadrunner Rocketry: active?
  • Rocketvision Flight-Star: gone
  • Sky Ripper Systems: gone?
  • Southern Cross Rocketry: active
  • West Coast Hybrids: active?

If you have more specific information, please post it here. For active manufacturers (other than the "big four"), I also need a current product list so that I can mark motors no longer produced.

Loki is active.

https://lokiresearch.com/secure/store.asp?groupid=831200410431019

Also, perhaps you need a new field indicating whether a motor is legal in California.
 

bobkrech

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  • AeroTech: active
  • Alpha Hybrids: Supplies reloads for existing users. https://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?14868-Alpha-Hybrids-closing-out-inventory
  • Animal Motor Works: some available from CTI
  • Apogee Components: relabeled AT
  • Cesaroni Technology: active
  • Contrail Rockets: active
  • Ellis Mountain: gone
  • Estes Industries: active
  • Gorilla Rocket Motors: active
  • Hypertek: available from CTI: active from Hypertek dealers
  • Kosdon by AeroTech: available from AT
  • Kosdon TRM: gone
  • Loki Research: active
  • Propulsion Polymers: gone
  • Public Missiles, Ltd.: relabeled AT
  • Quest Aerospace: active merged with AT
  • R.A.T.T. Works: active https://www.rattworks.net/
  • Roadrunner Rocketry: gone
  • Rocketvision Flight-Star: gone
  • Sky Ripper Systems: gone
  • Southern Cross Rocketry: active
  • West Coast Hybrids: appears to be active? https://westcoasthybrids.homestead.com/

    Bob
 
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Loki Research

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For active manufacturers (other than the "big four"), I also need a current product list so that I can mark motors no longer produced.

Okay, so I've got the big two.......not sure about three and four John. ;)

Current Loki production motors are on the website here if you need them.
 

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Correct. Through our Hypertek dealer network.

Jeroen

Glad to hear this, I have been interested in a Hybrid but when i checked out the HyperTek website and noticed it hadnt been updated in around 10 years, i thought it was defunct. Back to my search!!


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just checked out Black Dog Rocketry and they state "NOTICE: Due to lack of manufacturer supply I have NO HyperTEK components in stock."
 
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JDcluster

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Rocket Vision Motors were just relabeled AT SU motors:
F 101, F 72, G 55's.

JD

  • AeroTech: active
  • Alpha Hybrids: Supplies reloads for existing users. https://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?14868-Alpha-Hybrids-closing-out-inventory
  • Animal Motor Works: some available from CTI
  • Apogee Components: relabeled AT
  • Cesaroni Technology: active
  • Contrail Rockets: active
  • Ellis Mountain: gone
  • Estes Industries: active
  • Gorilla Rocket Motors: active
  • Hypertek: available from CTI: active from Hypertek dealers
  • Kosdon by AeroTech: available from AT
  • Kosdon TRM: gone
  • Loki Research: active
  • Propulsion Polymers: gone
  • Public Missiles, Ltd.: relabeled AT
  • Quest Aerospace: active merged with AT
  • R.A.T.T. Works: active https://www.rattworks.net/
  • Roadrunner Rocketry: gone
  • Rocketvision Flight-Star: gone
  • Sky Ripper Systems: gone
  • Southern Cross Rocketry: active
  • West Coast Hybrids: appears to be active? https://westcoasthybrids.homestead.com/

    Bob
 

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Not sure when RoadRunner shutdown, but based on the existing web site I contacted him late last year to see if I could be a site dealer, and he confirmed that he is not producing anything and starting back up doesn't look likely since he no longer has the time to operate the company.
 

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That is a shame. There is becoming less and less competition. There used to be 10-12 motor makers. 5-10 launch pad makers. Hopefully, the economy will improve and with it, so does the competition.
 

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I am all for competition. Still, what we are seeing is at least partially related to the outcome of competition.

Aerotech and CTI are selling. Loki is probably struggling, which is a direct result of competition. Loki makes fine motors. I have no idea how Gorilla is doing. I think the reality is that we are a very finite market, and ultimately we as a group may not be able to support 10-12 motor manufacturers. A small, niche hobby, a down economy, and competition means that some marginal manufacturers will fail.


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JohnCoker

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I've sent an email to West Coast Hybrids. Please let me know if anyone has positive info either way about their status.
 

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I am all for competition. Still, what we are seeing is at least partially related to the outcome of competition.

Aerotech and CTI are selling. Loki is probably struggling, which is a direct result of competition. Loki makes fine motors. I have no idea how Gorilla is doing. I think the reality is that we are a very finite market, and ultimately we as a group may not be able to support 10-12 motor manufacturers. A small, niche hobby, a down economy, and competition means that some marginal manufacturers will fail.


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I'd love to buy Loki, AMW, Gorilla, or any other smaller vendor, but they're not approved for launch in California where I do nearly all my launching.
 

JohnCoker

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Here is the current list of manufacturers that have been verified to be still active:

NameMotorsNotes
AeroTech212
Animal Motor Works30Cesaroni
Apogee Components2
Cesaroni Technology285
Contrail Rockets67
Estes Industries22
Gorilla Rocket Motors40
Hypertek22Cesaroni
Kosdon by AeroTech14AeroTech
Loki Research37
Quest Aerospace7AeroTech
R.A.T.T. Works9
Southern Cross Rocketry3Australia only
 
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