Monday, December 21, 2009

Eric Gates

Rocketry lost one of its own today. Eric Gates, half of Gates Brothers Rocketry, passed away today due to an accident. He was an incredible high-power rocketeer - L3 certified, and fond of giant spectacular clusters, including a 3x upscale Sumo that earned them the cover of the 2007-08 Aerotech catalog.

Those on TRF may remember him posting as Porthos II. I never met him in person, but I learned a lot from his postings. Gates Brothers Rocketry is online here.

You might also remember him when he was on a Mythbusters episode, to assist the team with a ancient-rocketry myth. He served as an ambassador for our hobby.

He is survived by his brother, Dirk.

Rest In Peace, Eric. You will be missed.

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