GLXP: Interorbital Plans to Launch out of Tonga

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California-based Interorbital Systems plans to launch its Neptune 1000 rocket from the island of ‘Eua at the southeast end of the Tonga island chain in the South Pacific.

“Over the past few days, I’ve been corresponding with our friend and fellow space enthusiast, King George V of Tonga, about our status of being quite near to beginning our flight test program. He has again stated that Interorbital has the Kingdom’s full support for setting up our private spaceport,” CEO Randa Milliron writes in a post on the Google Lunar X Prize website.

Interorbital is a member of Team Synergy Moon, which is one of 19 groups vying for a $30 million prize to land a rover on the moon.