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 â€” not to mention an entire universe â€” 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.
“There’s not much to see at the future home of Spaceport America, touted as ground zero for commercial rocket traffic. Deep in the New Mexico desert, you’ll find shrubs, scorpions – and Jerry Larson. His company, Up Aerospace, has signed on as the first tenant of the $220 million spaceport, where construction will begin in 2009….
“Larson’s former employer, Lockheed Martin, got the message and asked Up Aerospace to handle cut-price launches of its own experimental rocket at the spaceport site. More Lockheed launches are planned for 2009, along with another flight of Up Aerospace’s rocket. This time the payloads will also contain scientific experiments from several New Mexico universities.
“He expects Up Aerospace to grow alongside Spaceport America and to benefit from all the aeronautics talent pouring into New Mexico. In the future he hopes to build a larger, faster rocket capable of delivering small satellites into orbit.”