Launcher Awarded U.S. Space Force TACFI Contract to Develop its High-performance E-2 Liquid Rocket Engine

HAWTHORNE, CA, May 24, 2022 (Launcher PR) – The U.S. Space Force has awarded Launcher $1.7M to further develop our E-2 engine, which we proved earlier this month at NASA Stennis Space Center to be the highest-performing liquid oxygen and kerosene rocket engine combustion chamber in the U.S.

We are grateful for the U. S. Space Force’s support to advance E-2 development and help meet the goals of the DoD by maximizing performance and payload capacity for a small launch vehicle, accelerating vehicle production, and removing both geographic and supply chain constraints for volume production. 

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Launcher Announces Customers for Orbiter’s Inaugural Flight

Orbiter payload plate containing customer spacecraft. (Credit: Launcher)

HAWTHORNE, CA, May 16, 2022 (Launcher PR) – Launcher, the space logistics company focused on providing access to anywhere in space at the lowest cost, today announced the customers on the first flight of its satellite transfer vehicle and hosted payload platform Orbiter. Orbiter’s first mission, SN1, is scheduled to reach orbit in October 2022 on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Transporter-6 rideshare launch. Launcher’s customers, spanning academia, startups and established industry leaders, demonstrate the growing demand for orbit transfer and hosted payload services.

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Launcher Names Tim Berry as Head of Manufacturing

Tim Berry, Head of Manufacturing (Credit: Launcher)

The former Manager of Additive Manufacturing at SpaceX will lead Launcher’s Additive and Machining capabilities and build world-class Production and Integration systems for Launcher’s products.

HAWTHORNE, Calif., February 15, 2022 (Launcher PR) – Launcher (launcherspace.com), an industry-leading developer of highly efficient rockets and transfer vehicles, has appointed Tim Berry as its Head of Manufacturing.

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Launcher Selects SpaceX for Multiple Launches of Orbit Transfer Services

Falcon 9 launches the Transporter-3 rideshare mission. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

HAWTHORNE, CA, February 3, 2022 (Launcher PR) – Launcher, an industry-leading developer of highly efficient rockets and transfer vehicles, has signed a new multi-launch contract with SpaceX. The agreement adds three new missions to the expanding flight manifest of Orbiter, Launcher’s transfer vehicle. This addition of rideshare flights builds upon the first mission of Orbiter (SN1), scheduled to reach orbit no earlier than October 2022 on SpaceX’s Transporter-6 and shows the expanding demand for commercial and government orbit transfer services.

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Space Industry Veteran David Caponio Joins Launcher Leadership Team

David Caponio (Credit: Launcher)

Continues to Strengthen Launcher’s Team with Decades of Experience at SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, U.S. Space Force and More

HAWTHORNE, Calif., July 15, 2021 (Launcher PR) – Launcher today announced that commercial space executive David Caponio has joined its leadership team as the Head of Product and Business Development. David brings two decades of both customer and provider experience in the commercial space launch sector, including at SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, and Tyvak and in the U.S. Government, as a military officer supporting launch and space development programs at the U.S. Space Force and the U.S. Air Force. 

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Launcher Unveils Orbiter, Its Universal Orbital Transfer Vehicle and Satellite Platform

Launcher Orbiter in modular CubeSat deployer configuration (90U available), deploying two 3U CubeSats. (Credit: Launcher)

Orbiter is contracted with SpaceX to Fly to Sun-Synchronous Orbit in October 2022

HAWTHORNE, Calif., June 16 2021 (Launcher PR) – Today, Launcher (launcherspace.com) announced Orbiter, its universal orbital transfer vehicle and satellite platform designed to be compatible with both Launcher Light and SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare flights. Orbiter is interoperable with either launch vehicle via a common 24-inch ESPA Grande adapter ring and is contracted to make its inaugural flight to sun-synchronous orbit via SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission in October 2022.

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Launcher Raises $11.7 Million in Series A Funding Round

Launcher Light (Credit: Launcher)

Launcher announced earlier this week that it had raised $11.7 in a Series A funding round that was led by Boost.VC and company founder Max Hoat.

The funding, which exceeded the original goal of $7 million, will help the company fund development of its Launcher Light rocket. The booster will be similar in performance to Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket, which is capable of putting 300 kg into low Earth orbit.

Launcher’s longer term goal is to develop Rocket-1, which would be capable of placing 773 kg into a 200 km high orbit or 400 kg into a 500 km high sun synchronous orbit.

Launcher is looking to raise an additional $40 million by the end of the year.

Launcher is based in Hawthorne, Calif., not far from SpaceX headquarters. The company has a small team working in Ukraine working on the E2 rocket motor.

Launcher Adds to its Team with SpaceX & JPL Veterans

A rendering of Launcher’s engine test stand that will be built at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (Credit: Launcher)

BROOKLYN, NY (Launcher PR) — We are excited to announce that NASA JPL & SpaceX veterans Kevin Watson and Rich Petras have joined Launcher to lead and start our avionics team. Kevin will head the team as Head of Avionics. Rich Petras has joined as Head of Avionics Software as part of Kevin’s team.

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Hancock County Welcomes Launcher to Mississippi

A rendering of Launcher’s engine test stand that will be built at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (Credit: Launcher)

Hancock County, Miss. (Hancock County PR) — Hancock County is forging a relationship with a second startup space company.  Launcher is working to develop the world’s most efficient rocket to deliver small satellites to orbit – and they’re planning to test their engines at Stennis Space Center.  Launcher recently announced an agreement with NASA allowing them to test the full-scale E-2 engine at the Stennis Space Center E complex facility.

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Launcher to Test Rocket Engine at NASA Stennis

A rendering of Launcher’s engine test stand that will be built at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (Credit: Launcher)

NEW YORK (Launcher PR) — We are honored to announce that Launcher has executed a Space Act Agreement with NASA Stennis Space Center for the location of our full-scale test fire facility.

The first campaign is expected this summer as part of Launcher’s U.S. Air Force SBIR Phase II contract to test-fire Launcher E-2, our 22,000-lbf thrust, 3D printed liquid rocket engine.

We are thankful for the opportunity to test our engines at such a capable and historic liquid rocket engine testing center.

Launcher continues to be headquartered in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and to operate its sub-scale testing facility on Long Island, NY in Calverton, Riverhead.