Amateur rocketry has its roots with the early pioneers such as Goddard, Oberth and Von Braun.
South Africa Amateur Rocketry Pioneers include Desmond-Prout Jones and Capt. GGF Stoltz.
In the early days of Rocketry there were no professionals, only Amateurs experimenting with different rocket designs and rocket motors.
In the 20th century, many Amateurs moved on to Professional Rocketry (Commercial, Scientific, Military, Space Exploration), but the traditions of amateur rocketry continue to this day.
|Amateur rocketry is different from Model or High Power Rocketry in that the rocket motors are made by the amateur|
Amateur Rocketry is sometimes refered to as Experimental Rocketry,
yet it is important to note that there is a diffirence between Amateur and Experimental Rocket Motors
International rocketry best-practices defines Experimenal Rocket Motors as:
Many people move up from Model or High Power Rocketry to Amateur rocketry, while others "just started" at the amateur level by making their own rocket motors.
Often Amateur rocketeers conduct complex rocket projects, utilizing solid, liquid, and hybrid propellant technologies,
these projects often require advanced/specialized building techniques, engineering capabilities and access to funding.
Undoubtedly, Amateur rocketeers are responsible for significant research into Hybrid Rocket motors.
Amateur Rocketeers typically build and fly a variety of custom-built solid, liquid, and hybrid propellant motors.
What is the Difference between Amateur Rocketry and Model/High Power Rocketry?
Model and High Power Rocketry only allows for the use of commercially supplied Motors
Although SAASA understands the value of Research and Development, we do not recommend that the inexperienced/untrained/novice start with Amateur Rocketry
prior to gaining experience, knowledge and Certification in Model and High Power Rocketry, as well as indepth understanding of the Risks involved.
|Experimentation is Dangerous and almost certainly Illegal without proper Licenceing/permits from the Regulatory Authorities|
At SAASA we Inform, Advise and Provide Guidance - we don't judge, and we don't dictate either..but we will (legally) do whatever it takes to protect the hobby !
no-matter how Cool it is to make your own Rocket Fuel,
You are most likely to get into trouble
SAASA Supports the controlled activities of Amateur Rocketry and is commited to assisting Members by providing Guidance and Assistance
SAASA has worked with a number of International individuals and rocketry groups in order to develop a Amateur Rocketry Safety Code applicable to experimentation by amateurs.
SAASA, like other International organizations sanctions certain Amateur activities, which we refer to as "Research Rocketry"
(subject to strict adherence to Safety Protocol and Opereational Guidelines)
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO AMATEUR MEMBERS
Advanced Design and Construction Topics
Advanced Training (Graduate level)
Advanced Design and Construction Videos
Access to Chemical Formulation Database