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The Chile Rocket 
About Us
The Chile Rocket uses fuel made from chile pepper. This is known as a biofuel. This fuel which uses chile peppers as its source is not only eco-friendly, but highly renewable. People have signed the Chile Rocket as well as take pictures with it. Many local events have sponsored the Chile Rocket, you too as an individual can sponsor it by having your name placed on it. 
          Thrugate Aerospace is a company founded by Lee M. Rush. It specializes in building rockets powered by alternitive fuels while serving non-traditional space customers. 
Spaceport Meets Chile Rocket
 On April 13, 2017

  Officials of Space Port America met with Lee Rush, of Las Cruces NM, builder of a rocket powered by fuel made from Chile peppers,
 to discuss the prospect of the Chile Rocket making it’s first test flight at Space Port America.
      The Chile Rocket is being developed as part of an effort to fight global warming by building a rocket powered by renewable, locally produced, environmentally friendly rocket fuel capable of sending a rocket into space.
     “ I was very pleased with the meeting” Lee said “and came away with high hopes that the Chile Rocket will fly at Space Port America in the near future.”   
     However, according to Lee, the completed demo flyer ended up being heavier than expected.  Which means the current engine will have to be up-graded to a higher thrust in order to get the rocket off the ground and into stable flight.
 The Space Port  is waiting for test data from the new engine before they will proceed with further discussions on the future of the Chile Rocket at Space Port America.  Lee is currently looking for sponsors to help  fund the  building  and testing of  the new engine and conduct flight tests.
Lee is also preparing a crowd funding campaign to raise the  $5,000 needed for the Chile Rocket engine upgrade. People can support this effort by  having their names placed on the Chile Rocket demo flyer for $5 for children or $10 dollars for adults.
 To  learn more go to his website:
Phone # 360-840-4003


Rocket Firings

Chile Rocket "Bern" Test Las Cruces, NM
 May 26th 2016
        The sponsors of the Chile Rocket includes:
  • Las Cruces Electrolysis Center Beatrice Valles R.E.
  • New Mexico State Fair
  • Hatch Chile Festival
Chile Rocket Ignitor Test Las Cruces, NM     May 19th 2016

Social Media:

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Twitter: @LeeMRush

Chile Rocket engine test Las Cruces, NM  September 2015
Chile Rocket ignitor test at Frontier Aeronautics Rocket Test Facility in Chugwater, Wyoming
June 2015 on mobile mini-tester in front of 50 ton blast-door to Frontier's underground test facility.