Monday, February 27, 2006

Rocketplane Owner Buys Kistler



Space.com is reporting that Rocketplane Ltd. owner George French has purchased a majority stake in Kistler Aerospace, giving the start-up suborbital company, orbital capability sooner than was expected.

The Kistler K-1, while never launched, promises orbital capability for far less money than it currently costs, providing Rocketplane Ltd. with the potential for providing commercial delivery services to the International Space Station.

The Rocketplane Ltd. Web site claims the company is well on its way to completing work on its first sub-orbital craft, Rocketplane XP. They also say preliminary design work and some hardware fabrication on the Kistler K-1 has also been completed and that both vehicles are a few short years away from test flights.

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