I was out at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) range in the Mojave Desert on Saturday. Garvey Spacecraft Corporation launched its Prospector 18D rocket with four CubeSats built by teams in California and Florida. The goal was to test two of the CubeSats in high-altitude launch conditions before they are sent into orbit late next year aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
NASA has selected Garvey Spacecraft Corporation for a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II award that will fund development of the company’s nanosat launch vehicle. The award, which is as much as $700,000 for work lasting up to two years, will fund continued development of an alternative hydrocarbon propulsion system powered by liquid oxygen and propylene.
Garvey Spacecraft Company is continuing its quest to develop a nano-sat launch vehicle through an incremental series of suborbital rocket tests as well as a small business grant from NASA, according to founder John Garvey.