The Cheap Access To Space (CATS) Prize

The CATS Prize ended on November 8, 2000

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CATS Prize Individual Participants includes people looking for teams, and teams not yet fully organized, looking for new members. This list was last updated July 23, 2000.

Listing of Individuals


Name: Chris Wezyk

Location: Cary, NC

Skills: CNC Mill/Lathe, Solid propellant formulation, engine construction and firing to 37kN, ultralight helicopter design and construction. Currently constructing H2o2 liquid propelled engine.

JName: James D. Iverson, B.S.

Location; Tulsa, OK

Skills: Rocket design, project engineering. I have access to a few dozen tons of JPN solid rocket propellant. This is a very high yield propellant and can be liquefied to pour into large casings. It is non-toxic, and may be of great use to participants of this program.


Name: Sean Ross

Location: Americus, GA

Skills: I am a licensed A@P technician. I have an AAS in Technology (Aviation Technology) and I also have an FCC GROL license. My interests are computers, rocketry, and electronics. I have experience in sheetmetal and composites. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Engineering. I will be moving to Athens, GA to finish the Degree in January 2000.


Name: Kenneth (Ken) Shock

Location: Spokane, WA

Skills: Tripoli level 2 (as of June 7, 1998, level 3 attempt in Fall). Experience in: Electronics, Radio, (Amateur Radio Extra class license), Amateur TV, High Altitude Balloon payload launch and recovery, Solid, Hybrid, and Liquid fuel rockets.


Name: Mark Adams

Location: Houston TX

Education: Masters Aeronautical Science-BS-Earth Science, Bachelor of Applied Science

Skills: Aerospace Operations, Microgravity Applications, Earth & Planetary Science, Remote Sensing-Neutral Mass Spectrometry, Ultra High Vacuum Technology, Software Specialist, LASER Technician, Lab Technician, Rocketry.


Name: Brian Bernhard

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Education: BS Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee 1989

Skills: Systems Engineering, Project planning, Integration/Test, Failure modes and effects analysis, Flight Test Instrumentation, Sounding Rocket ACS development. Embedded digital controller design, Software C assembly etc. Guidance Navigation and Control, Ground Support Equipment, Electromechanical Design, Test stand instrumentation. Mission control room telemetry decom and displays. Mil spec. wiring and harness design, Mil spec. printed circuit development.

Experience: Mars Pathfinder, X-33, C130/J, Experimental Aircraft


Name: John Tsohas

Location: Champaign, IL


Skills: Currently a junior in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Co-op experience in Structural Mechanics Department for jet engine company. Co-op experience in Project Engineering for jet engine company. Co-op experience with testing of RL-10, 22,000 lb thrust cryogenic rocket engine, that powers the upper stage of the Titan, Atlas, and Delta launch vehicles. Have developed prototype solid rocket motor. Have built 2 stage rocket capable of reaching 2 km altitude. Experience with amateur satellite construction, AM-SAT.


Name: Ned Williams

Location: Alpharetta GA

Skills: 7 Years Experience with: network admin, light coding, low voltage electrical work, 2 years at Southern Tech for ECET, AC/DC circuit design, knowledge of mechanical systems, light knowledge of metal fabrication.


Name: Adam Collazo

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Skills: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, B.S Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Design, Composites Fabrication, CNC Programming, Process Engineering,Pro/Engineer CAD experience.


Name: Bryan Seegers

Company: M-DOT INC.

Location: Phoenix, AZ

We have just tested a tiny turbopump that demonstrated 900 psi pressure delta at roughly 5 lbs per second of JP-10 fuel. Looking for small liquid fuel engine projects on which we might be applicable.


Name: Jason Malburg

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Education: BSE, Aerospace Engineering 1997, University of Michigan MSE, Aerospace Engineering 1997, University of Michigan, specialization in gas dynamics & propulsion.

Skills: Experience in 6DOF simulations of rocket trajectories (Atlas IIA/AS, Delta II), design and analysis of solid and liquid propulsion systems, orbital dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, and digital autopilot systems.


Name: Frank Gant

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Skills: I’m a computer programmer, network admin. I have a great mind for design. I’m a very active high power rocketeer. I’ve done electrician work, and some small woodworking. I’m eagerly awaiting someone’s call. Lets make history.


Name: Michael A. Taylor

Location: Barrie, Ontario Canada

Skills: President, Simcoe County Area Rocketeers (SCAR). Currently looking for other GTA/Simcoe people to assemble into a team. Expert skill sets include: Plastic Robotics, Gatling Cluster Specialist, Computer Systems Expert.


Name: Ted K. Bain

Location: Auburn, GA

Skills: Toolmaker, Metalspinning, Machining, Assembly, 8 Years Experience Missile Manufacturing, Gyro Alignment, Extreme precision balance, Electronic & servosystems, digital autopilots, Sealing & Weatherproofing technology.


Name: Kevin Golsch

Location: Clearwater, FL

Education: BSE, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan 1991

Skills include: Wind tunnel testing, composite material construction, vehicle system dynamics and performance, orbital dynamics, and propulsion systems.


Name: Benji Laney

Location: Fort Payne, AL

Skills: Welder, electrician, dabble in rockets, computers,electronics,r/c planes soon to be aerospace engineering student would like to start or join a team..I have a novel idea that none of the other teams are pursuing, but lack engineering experience.


Name: James Baker, Jr.

Location: Sacramento, CA

Skills: ACS registered chemist, in charge of three chemical laboratories.


Name: John Hauserman

Location: Parma, OH

E-mail: n/a

Skills: toolmaker, owns machine shop. Has flown rockets for 30 years.


Name: Charles Pooley

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Skills: Microlaunchers


Name: Fred Himovitz

Location: Paradise Valley, AZ

Skills: ballistics, airframe construction.


Name: Rui Soares

Location: Mississauga, Ontario; Canada

Education: Graduate of Computer Programming & Business at Sheridan College. Currently studying at Centennial college to become an Aircraft Maintenance Technican, as well as studying to become a private pilot at the Brampton Flying Club.

Skills: Serious Amateur builder of Kitplanes, R/C planes and model rockets. Expert at: Composites, Engine Overhaul, Sheet metal & Shop practices, Aircraft Maintenance, Electrical & Electronic troubleshooting.


Name: Joseph S. Bajo

Location: San Diego, California

Education: BS Electronic Engineering Technology, DeVry Phoenix 1984

Skills: Advanced studies in microcomputer hardware. Hughes Electronics 84-85 radar systems and navigation and control. Strong interest in gyroscopes and control systems for spacecraft.