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EMRR's Memory Lane - 1998 - 2010
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  • Original Banner created by Mike of Rokkit Scientists - [THE Web's resource of Rocketry Product Reviews - Submit yours!]
  • January 1998 - First Upload: Included 25 Kits Reviewed and a Featured Reviewer - Tim Wood
  • February 1998 -Added Hints links; Guest's experiences (later called Guest's Stories)
  • March 1998 - Added Vendor Recognition - Apogee
  • April 1998 - Announce 1st Rocket Give-Away Winner - Patrick Wright
  • My First Banner Attempt - [THE Web's resource of Rocketry Product Reviews - Submit yours!]
  • May 1998 - Added What's New page and Guest Opinion forms
  • June 1998 - Hit 124 products reviewed - Added my Flight Logs
  • July 1998 - Added a JAVA Search Engine
  • August 1998 - Added M.O.P.S. and Announcement List
  • September 1998 - Added Contributor and Manufacturer Links
  • October 1998 - Added Review Submission forms
  • November 1998 - Official Tips Database. Changed to CGI Search Engine
  • 1999 Banner - [THE Web's resource of Rocketry Product Reviews - Submit yours!]
  • January 1999 - Entire Site overhaul in format. Hit 203 products reviewed
  • February 1999 - Started archiving DesCon
  • March 1999 - Added Automatic Problem Reporting
  • April 1999 - CGI generated pages and Special Word Search page
  • May 1999 - Introduced myEMRR
  • July 1999 - Added SuperSearch, Parachute and Streamer Calculators to myEMRR (later put on Tools page) Hit 368 product reviews/articles.
  • January 2000 - Entire site revamp, integrated BuyRockets links, added Flight Log database, started 1st Photo Contest. Hit 455 product reviews/articles.
  • January 2000 - Lunar Newsletter Article:
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  • March 2000 - Activated ROCKETREVIEWS.COM domain name
  • 2000 Banner - [THE Web's resource of Rocketry Product Reviews - Submit yours!]
  • May 2000 - What's New format updated to sort and added Information Dots
  • June 2000 - Hit 529 product reviews/articles.
  • July 2000 - Hit 1000 Flight Logs in database
  • October 2000 - Added List by Author . Announced 1st EMRR Calendar to support NAR/TRA Legal Fund.
  • November 2000 - Enhanced Flight Log database report features.
  • December 2000 - Shipped our 1st NAR/TRA Legal Fund EMRR Calendar! Hit 633 product reviews/articles. (total with multiple reviews on same product now at 833!)
  • February 2001 - New server and new look! Introduced the RockSim Library.
  • 2001-2 Banner - [THE Web's resource of Rocketry Product Reviews - Submit yours!]
  • April 2001 - Added CP Library, greatly enhanced FlightLog database
  • June 2001 - Began listing OOP Vendors in standard listing. Hit 848 product reviews/articles. Hit over 3000 Flight Log entries.
  • August 2001 - Introduced the individualized Flight Profile page. Also added the Manufacturers' Recommended Motor Library.
  • October 2001 - Added ability to R.I.P. rockets on Flight Log entries. Decoupled Guest's Opinions from reviews to allow dynamic (saving me time) updates.
  • Hit 1000 Review/Article
  • December 2001 - Shipped our 2nd NAR/TRA Legal Fund EMRR Calendar! Hit 1016 product reviews/articles.
  • January 2002 - Started the EMRR Hit List. Introduced "EMRR on CD"
  • March 2002 - New gothic, tabbed look (as it is today). Created a new Specific Rocket Tip database and entry system. Hit 5000 Flight Logs in database
  • April 2002 - Added random pictures to the Stories page
  • May 2002 - Had to add anti-robot programming to the site and added the "how many online" feature.
  • June 2002 - Released the 1st Essence Aerospace Technologies (EAT) Kit - 18mm Lambda Shuttle. Hit 1189 product reviews/articles.
  • August 2002 - Added RockSim Library file version detection programming
  • October 2002 - Released the 2nd-cut of "EMRR on CD" - 09'02 version
  • November 2002 - Implemented dynamic Vendor Recognition pages - they can update them on their own now.
  • December 2002 - Introduced Certification Level categories for rockets. Hit 1324 product reviews/articles. Hit over 7000 Flight Logs
  • 2003 Banner - THE Web's resource of Rocketry Product Reviews - Submit yours!
  • January 2003 - Web's first-ever Virtual Rocket Contest utilizing Apogee's RockSIM.
  • February 2003 - Added two Flash-based games in our Attractions pages.
  • April 2003 - Introduced totally new look. Big changes requiring almost all scripts to be adjusted!
  • June 2003 - Implemented Affiliates. Added EMRR Chat!
  • July 2003 - Broke the 1500 reviews/article milestone. Hit 1521 product reviews/articles.
  • November 2003 - Added Rocket Glossary - huge! Hit over 1000 RockSIM files
  • December 2003 - Released the 3rd-cut of "EMRR on CD" - 12'03 version. Hit over 10,000 Flight Logs!
  • 2004 Special Banner - THE Web's resource of Rocketry Product Reviews - Submit yours!
  • April 2004 - Near re-write of Flight Profile and Flight Logs database. Added many new features and improved looks.
  • August 2004 - Went backward in time and added a date to every review that I could find.
  • October 2004 - Changed the left menu and became Essence's Model Rocketry Reviews and Resources. Major RockSIM Library overhaul. Introduced the new Links Library
  • November 2004 - Broke the 2000 reviews/article milestone. Hit 2026 product reviews/articles.
  • December 2004 - Added ability to save "draft" reviews to be finished at a later time. Added first ever Featured Story. Released the 4th-cut of "EMRR on CD" - 12'04 version.

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  • January 2005 - Kicking off the year right with the 2005 EMRR Challenge!. Introduced Featured Stories with the 2005 Challenge.
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  • April 2005 - Hit 1/2 Million "Front Door" Guests to the site!
  • May 2005 - Converted all RockSIM's to at least version 6 or higher to work with RockSIM 8 Demo.
  • June 2005 - Kicked off Second-Opinion Rally
  • Shrox-made Banner - [THE Web's resource of Rocketry Product Reviews - Submit yours!]
  • June 2005 - Kicked off Second-Opinion Rally
  • January 2006 - Return of the Challenge!

Challenge

  • April 2006 - Introduced the first ever "Design this Spaceship" contest. A big, bit hit! Also broke the 2500 reviews/article milestone. Hit 2550 product reviews/articles.
  • September 2006 - A lot of updating to Flight Logs and ability to have club sites enter logs directly from their site.
  • January 2007 - The EMRR Challenge continues to have draw! Introduced Featured Tips with the Challenge.

2007 EMRR Challenge

  • January 2007 - Eliminated the YahooGroups! and began running own eList.
  • March 2007 - Finished fully integrating the new EMRR Super Hit List into the site's what's new and search engine. This was among many site "freshening up" activities.
  • May 2007 - Introduced the first ever Rocket Video contest
  • June 2007 - Integrated Featured Tips into the regular tips database.
  • October 2007 - Made significant changes to the dynamic building of reviews... now only builds when there is new information or refreshes every 5 days. GREATLY improved the speed of the site.
  • December 2007 - After some persistence of guests, released the 2008 EMRR Calendar using Cafepress. Hit over 25,000 Flight Logs!

*All pics found on EMRR in reviews, contests, or elsewhere.
  • January 2008 - 10 Years Old! Started the "Essence of Essence's Model Rocketry Reviews" BLog. Started the You FLEW it, Please REVIEW it! campaign.

2008 EMRR Challenge

  • February 2008 - Officially kicked off the Who's Who in Rocketry Registry. Went over 3000 product reviews/articles.
  • March 2008 - Started the EMRR Corner in Apogee's Newsletter.
  • April 2008 - Started the EMRR What's New RSS Feed.
  • May 2008 - Eliminate self-maintained eList and now using HTML Newsletter service.
  • July 2008 - Completed first ever Box O' Parts Contest. Introduced new Picture Archive format for Manufacturer Archives.
  • September 2008 - Major Flight Log Form overhaul including allowing pictures to be added to Flight Logs. Also introduced the Flight Log Management feature!
  • December 2008 - Switched over to a new server provider.
  • Elevate ElevenJanuary 2009 - 11 Years Old! Started the "Elevate Eleven" contest which is also tied to the Apollo 11 40th Anniversary. A tremendous amount of back-ground site work has taken place including many, many time saving factors.

2009 EMRR Challenge

  • February 2009 - Added the Glossary Word Pop-Up for each of the reviews... very cool! Also started background work for the EMRR on CD.
  • March 2009 - Re-introduced "EMRR on CD". Major script and site overhaul eliminating most on-the-fly page builds. EMRR presented at NARCON 2009
  • April 2009 - Hit over 30,000 Flight Logs! and went over 3,500 product reviews/articles.
  • May 2009 - Converted the RockSIM ZIP Archives to by Manufacturer.
  • June 2009 - Improved the Flight Logs database format to allow for better control of Total Impulse, Total Cost, and faster generation of tables.
  • August 2009 - The Flight Log database, Search and Profile has gone through a near-100% revamp! This was the biggest programming project on EMRR in a quite a while and it has made Flight Log management much easier for the user and EMRR.

  • Elevate ElevenJanuary 2010 - 12 Years Old! Another exciting year ahead of us!

2010 EMRR Challenge

  • August 2010 - Hit over 35,000 Flight Logs! and went over 3,900 product reviews/articles. RETIRED FROM EMRR!

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