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Organizations > Starchaser Commercial Space Access

Starchaser Commercial Space Access
Starchaser Industries Limited
Adamson Industrial Estate
Unit A, Alexandra Street, Hyde
Cheshire
SK14 1EE
United Kingdom

Starchaser Commercial Space Access
Starchaser Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 636
I-10 @ Exit 116
Fairacres, NM 88033
United States


United Kingdom: +44 (0) 161 882 9922
United States: (505) 546-3122


Starchaser Industries are working on two concepts for the purpose of Space Tourism. The near term objective is the creation of a 3 person reusable space capsule called Thunderstar which will be used for sub-orbital flights in excess of 100km. The second system is a vertically launched 8 seat sub-orbital space plane that could be upgradeable for orbital applications.

Both the capsule and the space plane design feature pressurised environments where the occupants will be further protected by means of Russian Sokol derived spacesuits. Both spacecraft will also be fitted with a Launch Escape System (LES); the capsule will make use of a tower system whereas the space plane will utilise a system located to the aft of the vehicle.

All critical systems will be automated and protected by redundant back up systems. Taking the above safety features into account, the survivability from a catastrophic failure of hardware is considered 100%.

The frequency of flight for any given capsule or space plane system will typically be about once per week.

The fully automatic capsule will employ a single pilot, whereas the space plane will utilise a pilot and co-pilot.

The Starchaser 5 launch vehicle will be used to launch the Thunderstar capsule whereas an enhanced derivative of Starchaser 5 will be used for the space plane. Mission duration for the ballistic capsule will be of the order of about 20 minutes whereas a 100 km sub-orbital flight for the space plane will be about 40 minutes.


Updated: September 27, 2007