The rocket was built by Scott Truax, son of the late Robert Truax, a famous rocket designer and NewSpace pioneer. The father built a similar rocket for Evel Knievel who made the same jump in 1974. Knievel made it across the canyon but after the chutes deployed too early, winds blew him back over the edge and he ended up along side the river. Scott wanted to prove his father’s rocket design was quite capable of a successful jump.
More about the Return to Snake River stunt:
- Eddie Braun does what Evel Knievel could not: make successful jump over Snake River Canyon – LA Times
- This Man Rocketed Over A Canyon To Honor Evel Knievel – Popular Mechanics