Significant changes for 2013 have been made to the CAPS system including an increased canopy size, a new rocket extraction system that propels the parachute upon activation, an advanced technology electrical rocket igniter
and lighter and stronger construction materials.
The FBI said the suitcase contained two galvanized pipes, end caps with holes drilled in them, two prescription bottles containing air gun pellets, a model rocket igniter
, batteries, lighters, lighter fluid and two plastic vodka bottles of nitromethane, a liquid used as an industrial solvent and race car fuel.
From a prototype capacitive discharge ignition system (in 1963!) that brought him to the attention of Bendix, to the rocket igniter
he designed for the Lunar Excursion Module, to a concept for a one million-Watt laser for the Strategic Defense Initiative (among others), Kasrner-a confessed "gear head" with a degree in physics-has been busy inventing.
Their workspace was cramped, and the neighbors often complained about the noise from Masten fiddling with rocket igniters
in the back room.
Time was short, so the reporters and producers rigged a couple of rocket igniters
under the truck.