This will end badly…
From Popular Mechanics:
There are good ideas, there are bad ideas, and then there’s the Rocket Racing League (RRL). When we first reported on the ambitious plan to send rocket-powered planes roaring through an aerial racecourse at up to 300 mph, organizers had scheduled a demonstration at the X Prize Cup in October 2006, with a season opener planned for early 2007. But the RRL stalled at the X Prize Cup: Instead of a demo race, the league unveiled a nonworking rocket-plane mockup and sent a single Learjet flying around an aerial course.
So when Leading Edge Rocket Racing, the first team to join the RRL, dropped out of the league this past May, the burgeoning sport seemed to be in a nose dive. According to RRL co-founder and CEO Granger Whitelaw there are still four active teams in the league, and at press time he was in talks with a dozen or so more.
Why the delays? “Corporate stuff,” Whitelaw says, “like getting TV and sponsors coordinated. There are no technical flaws we’ve run into.” He says the league will test-fly a working X-Racer by the end of the summer and stage a demo race at the X Prize Cup in October and an official race as early as March 2008. If the league meets those deadlines, it would be a full year behind schedule. That’s not bad for a brand new sport â€” but we’ll believe it when we smell the rocket fumes.