FrontierSpace continues to innovate in order to stay ahead in the highly competitive field of
commercial spaceflight. We recognize that pushing boundaries with new technology was the
key to our initial success and believe that it will continue to be the cornerstone of our business
well into the future. Our scientists and engineers are not resting on their laurels, rather they
are working on a wide variety of projects and concepts.
The hugely successful Thunderhawk reusable rocket has been the cornerstone of our
business since its inception. Currently, we are working on a set of enhancements that will
further improve the cost and reliability of the Thunderhawk launcher. The next generation
Thunderhawk will retain the best features the existing system while evolving to remain
competitive in tomorrow’s market.
Thunderhawk Very Super Heavy
The success of the Thunderhawk Super Heavy multicore
launcher led to some asking if we
could go further. The Very Super Heavy variant is a hypothetical version with five cores
instead of three. According to simulations, it would be able to carry half the payload again at a
reasonable increase in cost. There is currently little demand for such a system, but we’re
ready to be the first to market.
The success of orbital spaceplanes such as Kliper and VentureStar prove that we can go
farther with the Aurora concept. Australis is the codename for this effort. The Australis orbiter
will retain the airliner-based
air launch to orbit, possibly with an intermediate stage. It will be a
larger spacecraft capable of bringing passengers or cargo to orbit and returning to land on a
normal runway, all at a lower cost than any competing initiative.
Green Launch Initiative
FrontierSpace looks to the stars, but recognizes the importance of preserving our own planet
for future generations. We’re always looking for new ways to reduce the impact of our
launches on the environment. Reusing and recycling vehicles and components, carefully
selecting our launch sites, investing in carbon offsets, and switching to cleaner fuel and
oxidizer are all strategies we currently use or are looking at using to make our launches more
After the success of the American program and the announcement of a new Russian moon
program, all eyes have been on moon. Along with the statesponsored
enterprise is rising to the challenge. We aspire to be the first private company to land a
human on the moon and are working on finding the best way to make that happen.