Model rockets do have a bigger history than the commercial rockets’ size.
These rockets are known to have taken the lives of thousands of youngsters in the Soviet and also some in the USA, at the start of space race. This was all because the young got inspired by the big high power rocketry toys and decided to practice it in their backyards, which eventually led to some pretty big explosions, resulting in loss of life or limb at the very least. Thus, as this more-or-less interesting hobby started to recede from the minds of people, especially the youth, someone had to do something to keep the spark of rocketry ongoing, safely.
Orville Carlisle was that someone.👇
A show salesman and pyro-technician from Nebraska, who came up with the idea of a mass produced single use rocket engine which could be used to fire up a reusable model rocket. This rocket engine was certified as safe, and all the other engines in the market were replaced by this one. He soon made enough money to establish the first model rocket company, the “Model Missiles”. Carlisle established this company in a basement and also designed the first model rocket powered by the first model rocket motor designed and manufactured by him.
Carlisle at work