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Wickman Spacecraft &
Propulsion Company

Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company (WSPC) is a technological leader in developing low cost, access to Space and advanced propulsion systems for planetary exploration. WSPC technology includes low cost, sounding rockets, LOX monopropellants, Martian jet engines burning carbon dioxide and low cost, environmentally friendly solid rocket motors.



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  • June 2, 2011 - Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company was awarded a NASA Phase II contract to further develop and demonstrate a thrust vector control system for future Mars Sample Return missions. Click Here For More Information


  • January 29, 2010 - Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company Developing Steering For Solid Rocket Motors On Mars Sample Return Mission For More Information Click Here


  • March 20, 2009 - John Wickman, CEO of Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company appears on The Space Show hosted by Dr. David Livingston. Mr. Wickman discussed a wide variety of topics on space exploration, rocket development and projects Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company has worked on in the past and is currently working on. For more information and to hear Mr. Wickman on The Space Show click here.

  • October 31, 2008 - A new generation of tactical military weapons could come very soon from a converted World War II entertainment building at the Casper/Natrona County International Airport. John Wickman owns Wickman Spacecraft and Propulsion Co. and has been working on Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contracts with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. To read the Wyoming Business Report article click here

  • January 30, 2008 - Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company demonstrates the technology required for a new method of "real time" thrust management for Space booster, metallized solid propellants. Under sponsorship from a US Air Force Research Laboratory contract, WSPC has demonstrated the key technology required to throttle a solid rocket motor from "idle" to full power in real time. This breaks down a major barrier between solid and liquid propulsion systems for Space boosters and launch vehicle applications. Previous methods of throttling solid rocket motors has focused on pintle nozzles, but WSPC's new control method does not use a pintle nozzle. Further test firings are planned leading up to the demonstration of a half-scale version of WSPC's SLV third stage.

  • November 6, 2006 - Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company (WSPC) has been awarded a Phase II, two year contract by the United States Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base, California to develop and demonstrate rapid response, small launch vehicle (SLV) technologies. WSPC has proposed to the Air Force an SLV that can put 2,000 lbs of payload into low earth orbit for $5 million per launch. It uses innovative solid rocket motors with special nozzles to provide real time thrust control and steering. It also uses a unique exit cone that ensures optimum performance at all flight altitudes. The propellant is an environmentally friendly, safe, phase stabilized ammonium nitrate propellant developed by WSPC. For more information click here.

    October 6, 2006 - Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company (WSPC) has been awarded a two year contract by the United States Army to develop and demonstrate a new solid rocket motor with an innovative pintle rocket nozzle. The rocket nozzle not only controls the thrust level of the missile, but also provides thrust vector control to steer it. The U.S .military needs more capable tactical missiles to hit more sophisticated enemy aircraft and fast moving ground targets. WSPC's new rocket motor would significantly enhance American tactical missile capabilities.

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    April 6, 2006 - The Air Force Research Laboratory has written an article on WSPC's work on a new Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) on its homepage. The SLV's propellant is WSPC's high performance, environmentally friendly, low cost, phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) space booster propellant. Its unique SLV solid rocket motors provide real time controllable thrust with a unique expansion-deflection (E-D) exit cone. The E-D exit cone concept has been verified by CFD analysis and solid rocket motor static firings. The E-D exit cone also provides optimum expansion of the exhaust gases at all altitudes. This enables WSPC's SLV to be ground launched or air launched. These features give WSPC's SLV the highest level of mission versatility to deploy Common Aero Vehicles (CAV) or satellites. WSPC has been supported in this work with U.S. Air Force funding. For more information click here.

    July 17, 2004 - Natrona County School District (NCSD), Casper College and University of Cincinnati students successfully launched the largest amateur rocket using ammonium nitrate composite propellant from the NASA Wallops Flight Range.Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Company was supporting development of the rocket being built by the students. For more information click here.


    CP Technologies

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    CP Technologies has been selling amateur rocketry supplies in the United States since 1995. It publishes an award winning bookset entitled How to Make Amateur Rockets that is being sold to amateurs, junior high schools, high schools, universities, government agencies and contractors in the United States and around the world. CP Technologies also sells software programs to help you design your own rockets and rocket motors.


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    Rocket Motor Design Class

    Only $195* For The Complete Class!!
    Includes "How To Make Amateur Rockets" Bookset

    Taught By John Wickman
    A Professional Aerospace Engineer

    May 22 - 25, 2014
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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    July 17 - 20, 2014
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    September 18 - 21, 2014
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    CP Technologies is holding more rocket motor design classes in 2014. The class is bundled with our popular "How To Make Amateur Rockets" bookset. During the class students will learn how to design and build their your own solsteph2.jpg - 39.9 K id rocket motors. The instructor will be John Wickman, a professional aerospace engineer and internationally known in the field of rocket propulsion. CP Technologies has been conducting these classes since November, 2003.

    A highlight of the course will be when students press the firing button on the control panel to test their rocket motor. steph1.jpg - 43.3 K It will not be an ordinary firing button or control panel. It is the original firing button and control panel used by Aerojet, once called the "General Motors of Rocketry" by Time magazine. From this historic control panel was test fired solid rocket motors powering Polaris, Minuteman and MX missiles including tactical missiles such as Sidewinder, Maverick, Harpoon and many others. Students and their rocket motors will merge with solid rocket history as they press the firing button.

    For More Information On This Exciting New Class - Click Here

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    Amateur Rocketry Sites

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    The High Plains Rocket Society is high power and amateur rocketry club based in Casper, Wyoming. Rocket launches are held on a monthly basis, Spring through Fall, with commercial (certified and uncertified) and experimental/homemade motors permitted at all launches.