Rocketman: My Rocket-Propelled Life and High-Octane Creations

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Since the 1960s, Ky Michaelson's rocket-powered vehicles have set 72 state, national, and international speed records. His penchant for the unknown and passion for speed have been with him since childhood, when he built his first rocket-powered motorcycle.

After earning his first world record--for a rocket-powered snowmobile--he decided to go after every acceleration record in the world. This is Ky's story, the life of a driven--or rocket-powered--man. Ky tells about how he began and where hes gone, about his work on hundreds of film and television programs, and about his service as program director of "SPACESHOT 2004"--the grand effort of the Civilian Space Exploration Team (CSXT) to build and launch the first amateur rocket into space. And he describes reaching the "impossible dream" as the first amateur to license, and successfully launch, the Go Fast Rocket into space, with an altitude of 72 miles--and a new speed record of 3,420 mph.

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Since the 1960s, Ky Michaelson’s rocket-powered vehicles have set 72 state, national, and international speed records. A penchant for the unknown and passion for speed have driven Ky since childhood, when he built his first rocket-powered motorcycle. After earning his first world record—for a rocket-powered snowmobile—Ky decided to go after every acceleration record in the world.

Ky tells the engaging story of how he began and where he’s gone, including his behind-the-scenes work on hundreds of film and television programs, his home-built rocket-powered toys, and his service as program director of Space Shot 2004—the grand effort of the Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) to build and launch the first amateur rocket into space. And he describes accomplishing the impossible dream to license and successfully launch the Go Fast rocket into space, reaching an altitude of 72 miles and a setting a new speed record of 3,420 miles per hour. This is Ky Michaelson’s story, the tale of a rocket-powered man.

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An unlikely combination of Hollywood stuntman, mechanical wizard, loving family man and friend, record-setting rocketeer, inspirational speaker, and humble genius, Ky Michaelson seems to have literally done and seen it all. Even so, his life is as busy as ever and there’s no stopping Ky, as you’ll learn in the pages of Rocketman.

Fascinated by rockets since his youngest days, Ky was instrumental in gaining license for the first NHRA-sanctioned hydrogen peroxide rocket-powered dragsters in the 1970s. Later in life, he aimed his rocket dreams skyward, building and launching several rockets toward space. In May 2004, from Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Ky Michaelson and his team successfully became the first civilian group to launch a rocket into outer space.

His stories are remarkable. His zest for life is unmatched. His inventions are real-life sci-fi. You’ll have to read it to believe it.

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Published by Motorbooks (2007)
ISBN 10: 076033143X ISBN 13: 9780760331439
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