But what brought about the move to the US? Or is it just a move in legal domicile, kind of like Rocketlab?
“Only in New Mexico did we find the perfect combination of aerospace assets, airspace and affordability,” emphasized Dumitru Popescu, Founder and CEO of ARCA Space Corporation. “Proximity to Spaceport America and the expansive access to airspace were crucial factors in our decision to locate our global headquarters to Las Cruces, New Mexico in the United States.”
The Accelerator is available for pre-order and will enter into production in May 2015.
The Interface is available for pre-order and will enter into production in May 2015
Starting tomorrow, ARCA Space Corporation is going to unveil more information about this space vehicle.
Well, this could be interesting. It looks like ARCA might be returning to rockets. From Facebook: QuoteStarting tomorrow, ARCA Space Corporation is going to unveil more information about this space vehicle.They included a picture (attached) of what appears to be a mockup vehicle with a linear aerospike. It looks similar in size to their SSTO concept from a few years ago: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haas_(rocket)#Haas_2c
Updated their website...I don't think their math checks out.http://www.arcaspace.com/en/haas2c.htm
It's not as high risk as it looks. This aerospike design has been proven on ground by NASA. Most of smallsat launchers are going with carbon fibre tanks. Small 3d printed pressure fed engines are far from leading edge technology, even university students build them.If flys but doesn't quite deliver performance expected, they will still have a high performance booster to add a 2nd stage to.
They're in a league with Excalibur Almaz and only slightly better than JP Aerospace in terms of lack of credibility. I'd believe more in a high-school drop-out deciding to start a launch company, because at least that person wouldn't have a history of extravagant claims with nothing to back them up.