The GoFast 2014 rocket officially set a new
world record on July 14, 2014 as the highest and fastest amateur
rocket ever launched into space.
Analysis of the data from the recovered military grade Inertial
Measurement Unit (IMU) that flew onboard shows that the GoFast
rocket reached 385,800 feet above mean sea level (73.1 miles)
and hit a top speed of 3,580 miles per hour. The old record
held by the CSXT’s GoFast 2004 rocket was 72 miles with
a top speed of 3,420 mph.
The GoFast 2014 IMU had flown successfully on four commercial
space missions at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico
and was calibrated using C-Band transponder US Army radar tracking
data prior to its flight into space on the GoFast rocket July
14, 2014. Statistical analysis of the WSMR flights and the GoFast
2014 launch verifies the 73.1 miles attained by the GoFast rocket
has a variation of 0.6 miles with a confidence level of 95%.
Congratulations to everyone for a job well done! Thank you so
much for everyone’s participation and endless hours making
this launch a success.
GoFast 2014 list of accomplishments;
· World record highest altitude rocket launch
· World record fastest speed rocket launch
· First photo taken from space onboard an amateur rocket
· Second amateur rocket in history to reach space