Buddy showing his Dad and Kitty O'Neil his rocket that he built. Kitty is the fastest woman in the world, she has driven a car over 600mph, drove a jet powered boat over 275mph and is the first person to drive a rocket car under 4 seconds in the quarter mile. Back in the seventy's she was the top stunt woman in Hollywood.
Buddy on his Rocket Powered Trike.
Buddy launching his rocket at his first national event.
Buddy working on his Rocket Scooter.
Here's the first picture shown to the public of Buddy's Rocket Belt.
Buddy will soon be the youngest person fly with a rocket belt in the world.
Ky captured the expression of Buddy and his Mother Jodi face, after Buddy
test fired his Rocket Belt with low pressure nitrogen and CO2.
Buddy is the youngest person ever to own his own rocket belt. He also helped his Father Ky Michaelson build it.
The belt weighs 36lbs and is made out of 6061 T6 aluminum,and 316 stainless steel. The high flow solenoid valve is from a Agena Rocket.
Buddy's Rocket powered Trike is powered by a 500lb thrust high hybrid rocket built by his Father Ky Michaelson.
Buddy at the age of 7 is not afraid of getting his hands dirty. he has helping
his Dad make a stand for his Rocket Belt.
Buddy's new Rocket powered scooter.
Ky checking out Buddy's rocket powered scooter
for a TV special on Ky and his family.
Ky taking a spin on Buddy's scooter at night.
October 13, 2007 History was made when Buddy Michaelson was lifted off the ground using a rocket belt built by his father Ky Michaelson. This flight, for safety reasons, was made using a tether. Buddy's rocket belt used high pressure nitrogen and Co2 as a propellant. The majority of the rocket belt was made out of aluminum including the high pressure tanks. The high flow solenoid valve that controlled the flight, came off of a surplus NASA rocket.
Right before the flight, Buddy's Dad told Buddy to push the solenoid button and pretend he was going on a elevator ride, and he soon would be on second floor. On the first test session Buddy made four flights. After the last test flight Buddy was smiling from ear to ear.
Buddy is no newcomer to rocket powered vehicles. Buddy also has a rocket powered trike and a rocket powered Scooter. Since the age of 5, Buddy has built a number of home made rockets, that he has flown. At the age of six Buddy flew one of his rockets at a Tripoli Rocketry national event in Texas.