Yes the Gates are still very much in the hobby. They just had some family issues to settle. Anyways, They have just started on this thing a month or so ago. The outer shell is some very tough custom made carbon fiber molded pieces. The second build meeting s today and tomorrow actually. I was hoping to go and join them, but it didn't work out. I'll definitely get out there sometime though.
It is supposed to fly at BALLS this year, which i think is a little optimistic, but whenever it does fly it will be going on 5 AMW P10,000s according to Erik Maybe PPL will get to do the motors for their SATURN V
With permission from Erik Gates and of course, the TRF administrators, I'd like to post other pics of this build process for those of you that can't access that particular ng or ng's in general.
I believe that Gates Brothers Rocketry plan on a website dedicated for this build but, it's currently not setup. Ok with TRF staffers to go ahead and post?
Holy jumping catfish!!! I'd heard about this project before but this is the first time I've seen the pics. That is just way too cool! I wish I could launch one or two of my small camera rockets ahead of this big boy and get some shots of it coming up!