Here’s a closer look at Rocket Crafters, the Utah company that recently announced that it would be moving its operations to Titusville, Florida. This is based upon the company’s website and a PowerPoint presentation about the company’s move to the Sunshine State.
- To develop and commercialize a family of synergistic and interrelated aerospace products for the commercial space and military rocket and guided missile markets
- To develop the enabling technologies to make it possible to safely and reliably transport passengers and urgent priority cargo on suborbital tracks over intercontinental distances in 1/6th the time of current commercial aviation services
Programs and Products
- Developing dual propulsion – jet and hybrid rocket powered trainers will create the world’s first opportunity for civilian pilots to get stick-n-rudder training in high-performance rocket powered aircraft and suborbital capable space planes
- Much of the space plane design/engineering completed
- Anticipate first flight sometime before the end of 2014
- D-DART™ next-generation hybrid rocket motors for use in rockets, missiles, launch vehicles, and spacecraft
- Propulsion systems are throttle capable, volume producible, affordable, consistent burning, high-performing, cluster-capable
- Establishing the first commercial spaceflight academy using rocket powered and suborbital capable flight training vehicles
- Anticipate 1st class for FAA approved commercial astronaut wings for Pilot and Mission Specialist will begin in 2014.
Titusville Development Plan
Five-Year Workforce Plan
- Paul Larsen, CEO and Chairman
- Ronald Jones, President & Chief Technology Officer [Public LinkedIn Profile]
- Steve Edwards, Exec. Board Member and VP, Government Relations
- Sid Gutierrez, Board Member and Sr. VP, Business Development
- John Roberts, VP, Propellants and Facilities
- Utah State University (USU), Logan, UT: Supports development of the Company’s rocket propulsion technologies and products.
- NanoSperse, Inc., Dayton, OH. A global leader in nano-material polymer compounding.
- Center for Advanced Materials (CAM), University of Houston, TX. Provides support in on-vehicle power systems (solar photovoltaic, fuel cell) and multifunctional composite materials and polymers.
- University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Dayton, OH. Provides supports in composite aeroshell engineering, launch vehicle aerodynamics, polymers research, and materials testing.
- Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT), Phoenix, AZ. PADT provides RCI professional mechanical engineering and rapid prototyping services.
- Stratasys, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN. Stratasys has been selected as a strategic supplier of robotic fuel grain fabrication technology.