Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

The Rockets' Red Tape.(Journal North)

Byline: Patrick Miller For the Journal

* Group fighting government restrictions on the use of a popular propellant for hobbyists

ESPANOLA -- On a hot Sunday afternoon recently on a scrubby plain north of the city, a half-dozen members of the Zia Model Rocketeers gathered for a monthly club launch.

Club senior adviser Thomas Beach, seated at a folding table/command center, chatted with rocketeers studiously assembling model rockets. Boxes bursting with wires, motors and rocket parts shared space with a black control panel dotted with toggle switches and lights. Wires ran from the control panel to six launch pads a few yards away. The pads were little more than long, slender iron rods on platforms of wood or metal. …

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