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Guest: Ky Michaelson, originally aired on February 25th, 2007. Topics: Building & launching an amateur rocket to space. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience. Welcome to this Golden Oldie program from Feb. 25, 2007 featuring Ky Michaelson. Ky was the first person to successfully launch an amateur rocket to space and this is his story. The original summary of this approximately 90 minute show follows. I did add a short introduction to the program at the stat. I hope you enjoy this Golden Oldie and the surprise Oldie program idea. Let me know via your blog comments. We welcomed Ky Michaelson as the guest for this special Space Show program. We began the discussion with Ky by asking him how he got involved and interested in rockets and then to the point, how he was able to launch the amateur rocket to space which his Civilian Space eXploration TEAM (CSXT) did in 2004. As you will hear from the discussion, fighting the government and regulatory environment proved every bit as challenging as building and flying the rocket but as Ky said, he paved the way for others and it should be easier for others to follow what his CSXT accomplished. You will not want to miss this discussion. Its not theoretical, its not academic, its the real experience of the guy in the trenches trying to build and fly his rocket to space. Many listeners called to either support, thank or praise Ky Michaelson to ask him questions about the Rocketbelt, his upcoming plans and more. Also on this show, we learned of a very interesting event which Ky supports, the Thunder of Niagara Air Show featuring rocketbelts to be held at the Niagara Falls Air Guard from August 11-12, 2007. Check it out at www.thunderoverniagara.com. Ky's story and experiences are inspiring. But when listening catch the toil, commitment, the costs (more so than dollars), the difficulty, and the support he needed and used to get the job done. Visit Ky Michaelson's website at www.kymichaelson.com. You can also email him comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. When you visit his website, check out the museum show of his work in St. Paul that is on permanent display. The pictures and information are excellent. Ky Michaelson is a true American hero and a legend and he will be returning to The Space Show.