Deliver Payload to Orbit Affordably
Through the use of Hydrogen Impulse Launchers to replace first stage booster rockets
We use hydrogen to obtain much higher initial velocity than can be achieved using other methods
Phase 1: Launch to the Karman Line
This demonstrates the first use of a hydrogen impulse launcher to access space (suborbital)
It allows affordable delivery of science payloads to space and testing of durability of payload components
Phase 1 is currently underway at the US Army Yuma Proving Ground
Phase 2: Deliver 1 lb to Low Earth Orbit
Build custom impulse launcher with variable azimuth and elevation capabilities
Improve maximum mass and velocity of launcher. Incorporate rocketry into vehicle for orbital insertion.
Phase 2 expected to begin in the second half of 2020
Phase 3: Deliver 5kg Satellites to Low Earth Orbit
Combine technologies developed in Phase 1 and 2 with a two-stage impulse launcher capable of delivering half of the delta-V necessary to achieve orbit
Pioneers affordable delivery of payloads to orbit
Will be scaled up for larger 100 lb to 1000 lb payloads
The Green Launch Back Story
Three Technology Pieces Which Have Been Accomplished
Build a 400 ft Hydrogen Impulse Launcher
SHARP was built and operated 1992-1998 by Hunter, Reineker, Bertolini and the SHARP team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
G-harden the Guidance Navigation & Control electronics
Completed in 1998 for DARPA. Project used consumer electronics to build a satellite and test it to 3,200 Gs. The satellite had radio communications, TV camera, battery power, GPS, and flexible solar cells. It was built in one month and successfully tested repeatedly.
G-harden rocket for orbital insertion
Done by Custom Analytical Engineering Systems (CAES) in 1998 for Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as part of “Star Wars” program