Fully reusable, autonomous, small rockets for USAF, flight-ready in under 24 hours
(7 July 2020 - iRocket) iRocket has signed a Phase II RAPID Other Transaction Agreement contract with the U.S. Air Force.
The award was created just three months after the phase I contract when iRocket partnered with Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Albuquerque, N.M., and Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
iRocket is a privately funded New York startup building autonomous small reusable rockets to cargo micro, nano, cube, and constellations to LEO on its Shockwave launch vehicle. The company develops cost-effective small launch vehicles that can support 300kg and 1500 kg payloads for space research and exploration. After the recent successful launch of two American astronauts into orbit by the SpaceX/NASA partnership, there has been tremendous media interest in private companies innovating, reducing costs, and increasing access to space exploration - all of which are iRocket’s specialties. iRocket plans to disrupt the small satellite market and will offer on-orbit satellite servicing capabilities by 2025.
A rendering of iRocket's Shockwave launch vehicle, lifting off from Spaceport Oklahoma to support a National Security Mission for the Department of Defense. (courtesy: iRocket)
"iRocket is on a mission to help end the 'digital divide' by delivering high-speed internet satellites to LEO, carry experiments for biotech companies that are conducting cancer research in microgravity, to support IoT constellation customers and National Security Missions," says iRocket CEO Asad Malik.
iRocket’s Shockwave will be a fully autonomous launch vehicle and the only fully reusable small launcher in the market. It will consist of two stages to orbit, the first and second stage landing back on the launch site. iRocket will prove inland launch capabilities to the Department of Defense and be mission capable of launching within 24 hrs. iRocket plans to launch its rockets from Launch Complex 48 at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fl.