TRAcert.htm U.S. Rockets Tripoli Certification History
U.S. Rockets Tripoli Certification History


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Here are some sample motor certifications issued by Tripoli Rocketry
Association, Tripoli Motor Testing (TRA TMT). Some of their typing
seems careless or incomplete, but here it is, as published.

29mm SU H160 motor test data.
This is a BATES coreburner motor.

38mm SU H55 motor test data.
This is a moonburning motor.

38mm SU H90 motor test data.
Note well this is a NOZZLELESS motor!

The following section is under construction.

| 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 |
| 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 |
| 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 |

1984 U.S. Rockets was one of the first certified motor manufacturers for Tripoli.

1985 Tripoli was just getting its sea legs on motor certifications. TMT chair Bill Wood repeatedly praised U.S. Rockets as being the most cooperative vendor and fastest (and for several years ONLY) to pay certification fees.

1986 Tripoli really tested motors right for the first time.

1987 U.S. Rockets was the leading advocate of Tripoli getting dedicated equipment and forming a permanant committee for testing.

1988 Tripoli was asked by members to raise money for a dedicated test stand and many volunteers came forth with cash. The BOD balked and spent the money on other projects. Tripoli continued to use equipment belonging to vendors, notably Aerotech..

1989 Because Aerotech equipment operated by Aerotech employees was being used, other vendors were asked (by Aerotech) to take extraordinary precautions to test motors because Aerotech claimed they could not risk their equipment on "unproven" motors. Mean time Aerotech motors were failing at the same or higher rate than other vendors' motors.

1990 1990 was a banner year for Tripoli. It is the year U.S. Rockets introduced snap ring reloadables in January and Aerotech released threaded reloadables in May and Tripoli was asked to find a way to make them legal. Metallic case motors were strictly illegal; in a number of codes and Aerotech was already shipping product when they stood before the August annual meting and announced the market release of reloadables. Oops, before any legal treatment, any EX numbers, any certifications, etc. Tripoli allowed it. U.S. Rockets stood by legally watching the law being broken en masse.

1991 U.S. Rockets submitted its reloadables to TMT in February 1991 AFTER provisions were made to make them legal. The motors were fired by Dan Meyer of Aerotech for Tripoli with Bill Wood and Charles Rogers present at a Lucerne launch hosted by U.S. Rockets. Interestingly Charles Rogers was also co-owner of the motor vendor (Powertech) USR used for that propellant and he and another co-owner Franklin Kosdon asked Tripoli to list the motor certifications under the Kosdon name exclusive and apart from USR, which they did since Rogers was on the TRA board at the time. Kosdon motors were born by fraud and conversion and theft, all with the active blessing of TRA in a non-arms length transaction. The subsequent lawsuit awarded ALL Powertech assets to Jerry Irvine. The assets continue to be illegally sold. All Kosdon dealers and customers and certifiers are subject to court judgements. The practice and damages continue despite one of several judgements exceeding $5,000,000.

1992 U.S. Rockets was one of the first certified motor manufacturers for Tripoli.

1993 U.S. Rockets was one of the first certified motor manufacturers for Tripoli.

1994 U.S. Rockets was one of the first certified motor manufacturers for Tripoli.

1995 U.S. Rockets was one of the first certified motor manufacturers for Tripoli.

1996 U.S. Rockets was one of the first certified motor manufacturers for Tripoli.

1997 U.S. Rockets was visited one BOD member Korey Kline and a few short weeks later Tripoli (Bruce Kelly, President) decertified all USR motors with Tripoli. At the time USR was the only manufacturer which actually had all the required ATF permits, DOT classifications, business lisences etc. They continues to certify almost a dozen manufacturers who had NONE of these documents. About the same time Kline promised to deliver an order of plastic nose cones to USR, and following this he deliverted them many months late and refused to deliver/ship them as agreed when they were made despite paid deposit. There was another Tripoli conspiracy brewing. Naturally motor sales revenue USR was entitled to by virtue of in-place certifications was fully ceased by the decertification. This is because in addition to the unprecedented (never before) decertification by Tripoli, they opted to ALSO terminate the 3 year grace period afforded to every manufacturer by TRA or NAR in the history of rocketry. The result is not only could USR not ship new certified motors, the motors in posession of dealers and consumers were also uncertified retroactively.


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