Rocketplane Global Out of Bankruptcy, Seeks Funding for Space Plane

The Rocketplane has been revived.

Rocketplane Global, which went under two years ago, is out of bankruptcy and searching for about $100 million in investment to build its six-passenger suborbital space vehicle.

Speaking at the Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Palo Alto, Calif., Vice President of Business Development Chuck Lauer said the firm came out of bankruptcy last  year under a new Wisconsin-based holding company called Space Assets, LLC. Original backer George French is involved in the new venture.

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PA’s Readers Not Optimistic on SpaceLinq


Parabolic Arc’s readers are not optimistic about Chuck Lauer’s latest space tourism venture. Last month, the Rocketplane Global veteran resurfaced in Holland with a new plan to build a suborbital space plane under a new name, Spacelinq, with European partners. It’s the same design and basic plan, only without Rocketplane Global, which declared bankruptcy last year.

Asked about the outcome of this effort, voters in our very unscientific poll were clear:

OutcomeVotesPercent
Putter around for a couple of years before resurfacing somewhere else4554.88
Fail2226.83
Succeed1518.29
TOTAL82100

I would like to thank everyone for participating. And please cast your votes in our new poll on who has bought the first space tourism ticket around the moon. And remember: Vote early! Vote often!

Rocketplane’s Chuck Lauer Resurfaces in European Commercial Suborbital Project

While I’ve been out here at Space Access ’11, I was curious about the whereabouts of Chuck Lauer, late of the dearly departed Rocketplane Global and a fixture at these annual gatherings. This morning I found out: he’s 9 time zones away in Holland, announcing another suborbital spaceflight venture. The vehicle looks and sounds a lot like Rocketplane’s project and will fly from a new Dutch spaceport.

I’ve combined two press releases from the International Space Transportation Association describing SpaceLinq and plans for EU Spaceport Lelystad.

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Rocketplane Global Expects to Begin Suborbital Space Tourist Flights in 2013

Rocketplane Global Vice President Chuck Lauer said today that the company expects to begin flying space tourists on suborbital rides out of Cecil Field in Jacksonville by 2013. Rocketplane has signed a letter of intent with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority to become the first commercial space operator to use the former Naval air base turned spaceport, Lauer told attendees at Space Access ’10 in Phoenix.

Lauer  said that that Rocketplane would fund development of its six-person space plane as part of a $300 million project that would also create a Spaceport Visitor’s Center at the Jacksonville site. The center would include full motion 3D/HD suborbital flight simulators that would allow visitors to experience a 4-minute version of the 45-minute spaceflight that well-heeled passengers will fly aboard Rocketplane’s suborbital vehicle.

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Is Rocketplane Kaput?

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(Thanks to Clark Lindsey at Hobby Space for the link)

After $18 Million, RocketPlane Only Launched Empty Promise for Oklahoma
OK Gazette

A drive by the Will Rogers World Airport is all one needs to know something has gone awry. Along Amelia Earhart Drive sits the office of Rocketplane, home to what might have been America’s first commercial space flight passenger company. Based out of the Oklahoma City office for nearly five years, engineers and executives plotted and tested their plans for building a rocket ship.

But today, the doors are locked, the windows are dark and a “For Lease” sign stands outside the office.

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