With the July 2001 announcement of the intended flight of a second space tourist (Thawte
Millionaire Mark Shuttleworth
), here is a list of some companies involved in commercial launch vehicles.
Developed the ROTON
, a reusable capsule
with propellar blades
to allow a gentle controlled decent. The company liquidated
in 2000 after several succesful test flights.
company started by a millionaire hobbyist in 1997.
Beal designed a traditional rocket
engine with more thrust than the Saturn V
. Beal Aerospace liquidated in October 2000 shortly after a succesful test of the BA-810
Private rocket engine
manufactureres. Awarded contract for NASA's second generation reusable launch vehicle
Company with track record
of custom aircraft design and rocket design. Xcor succesfully performed a manned-flight of the EZ-Rocket
in July 2001. This vehicle has potential suborbital transport applications.