S is for Starchaser

StarchaserA few weeks ago I featured Newton as my ABC post, mostly looking at its dim and distant past, but the place also has an eye on the future as the home of the Starchaser project.

It was founded in 1992 to compete for the Ansari X Prize for the first non-government organisation to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within a two week period.

Although Starchaser didn’t win the $10 million prize — it went to the heavily backed Tier One project — it continues today, particularly in its Space4Schools project, describing itself thus:

Starchaser Industries is a privately held, high technology company involved in the development, operation and commercialisation of products and services which enable new space related business opportunities. Starchaser provides safe, reliable, affordable and reusable access to space for both the Space Tourism and micro-satellite launch markets.

StarchaserThe company’s founder, Steve Bennett, became fascinated by space travel after watching the moon landings and from the age of ten he was building rockets in his back yard powered by sugar and other readily available ingredients

He is now Director of Space Technology at the University of Salford and Starchaser can often be seen around the area as it visits local schools.

I was able to take the photos one sunny Sunday morning. Click to enlarge as usual.

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3 comments… Add yours
  • Roger Green 25th May 2011

    interestingly innovative.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  • Tumblewords 25th May 2011

    Fascinating!

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  • Reader Wil 25th May 2011

    The Starchaser company is opening possibilities to go exploring space as a touristic attraction. Interesting post and very informative.

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