had an idea to drop payloads out of the back of a C-17.
LLC, a Washington state company, is using Edwards Air Force Base to test a launch vehicle it calls the QuickReach rocket.
rocket can be flown anywhere in the world in any unmodified C-17," Walker said.
They are AirLaunch
, Andrews Space, Exquadrum, KT Engineering, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Microcosm, Orbital Sciences, Schafer, and Space Exploration Technologies.
SAN DIEGO -- Space Micro successfully shipped a computer/avionics system to AirLaunch
LLC, to be used for ground-based and flight testing.
Another company, AirLaunch
LLC, has developed a low-cost vehicle that doesn't require a launch pad.
The dummy booster was dropped Wednesday over Edwards as part of AirLaunch
LLC's efforts to develop a launch vehicle called QuickReach rocket, intended to be able to put small surveillance and communication satellites into space more quickly and for significantly less money than conventional rockets.
LLC, another private start-up, has a concept to launch small satellites from the back of a C-17 transport aircraft, which could solve the crowded spaceport problem.
The next test, which has not yet been scheduled, will feature a 72,000-pound test object, the expected weight of a live QuickReach rocket, said Debra Facktor Lepore, president of AirLaunch
Debra Facktor Lepore, AirLaunch
LLC Carl Lombardi Jr.
plans to conduct engine testing at a test stand in Mojave and will conduct flight tests with the assistance of the 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards, said company president Debra Facktor Lepore.
In the past six months, Bigelow Aerospace, SpaceDev, AirLaunch
LLC, and New Mexico's Spaceport America have joined up with existing members SpaceX, Scaled Composites, Space Adventures, Armadillo Aerospace, the X PRIZE Foundation, Rocketplane-Kistler, XCOR Aerospace, Transformational Space Corporation, Virgin Galactic, and the Mojave Spaceport to create an even more unified presence for the industry.