Jerry Larson and UP Aerospace Carve Out Niche in Small Launch Market

UP Aerospace Spaceloft XL rocket lifts off from Spaceport America in New Mexico on May 2, 2009.

Sky not the limit for rocket maker
Highland Ranch Herald News

[Jerry] Larson, president and chief executive officer of UP Aerospace Inc., has become a pioneer in an industry — not to mention an entire universe — that is largely unexplored. Larson and a group of 15 colleagues from aerospace giant Lockheed-Martin launched their first successful rocket in 2004, and it only fed the desire to break more barriers.

Since that time, UP Aerospace has launched four rockets into space, including one containing the ashes of Star Trek actor James “Scotty” Doohan, who asked in his will to be launched into space after his death.

That rocket now hangs on the wall of Larson’s miniature rocket manufacturing plant in Highlands Ranch. A company he started in his home now has become the talk of the aerospace industry, and hundreds of educators, business associates and military officials are seeking the services of UP Aerospace. Larson is especially proud of the impact his launches at Spaceport America in New Mexico have had on school children.

“If you want to fly something into space, your options are NASA, Lockheed Martin — you know big companies — or UP Aerospace,” he said. “There are really no companies that do this kind of thing. The barriers to entry are high.”

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