Microlaunchers LLC promises to change the way that space access is performed. With its unique
approach to launching small payloads into space, it promises to make space more accessible to many
more people by lowering costs and increasing launch frequency while giving payload operators greater
flexibility in where they go into space.
Key to this approach is a “start small” attitude that emphasizes starting with small launchers and small
spacecraft. The idea is that by starting small, there are increased opportunities for many disparate
groups to develop and acquire launch vehicle technology that can make space accessible and available.
Microlaunchers LLC provides products and services in support of this effort. Microlaunchers LLC’s role in
making this happen is to lead in the development of key technologies, make launch vehicle and
spacecraft components and systems commercially available and provide launch services with the
systems it has developed.
Microlauncher LLC’s innovative approach to this development will be to utilize minimum-cost design and materials resulting in significant cost reductions as well. Rather than utilize purpose-built structures for the propulsion system’s tankage, Microlauncher’s approach will be to repurpose mass-produced industrially and commercially available components resulting in lowest cost and highest availability for the launch vehicle’s subsystems. Rather than taking a standard aerospace approach of selecting components after system’s engineering, we will use parts availability to inform the systems engineering early in the process. There will be significant cost reduction as a result.
Charles Pooley started Microlaunchers in the fall of 1995, after the end of a project with Pacific Rocket Society. That projects’ purpose was to send the first amateur rocket to space.Charles actually designed the rocket in the summer of 1993 and it got as far as an engine test in 1995. The first version of the Microlaunchers launch vehicle is based on that design. In May of 2008, Charles responded to an RFI based around the development of an optical data link for a GLXP [Google Lunar X Prize]
Why we're doing this
We are doing this to allow anyone to access space, to develop a method for opening up the new frontier to a vaster audience than is currently available.
"The nano- and microsatellite market will grow to $1.9 billion by 2019"
"This reflects a compound annual growth rate of 21.8 percent from the $702 million market in 2014."
Most impressive accomplishment
Became the manager of operations for a $4 million dollar a year sales company at 18.
Founded Microlaunchers, President of Pacific Rocket Society. Multiple patents awarded including US3510742 A, US4032897 A and US3785268 A
Tell us why you're building this business, and why you're the right
people to do it.
There are over 100 CubeSats awaiting launch, and probably when a launch service appears, more will be built. Also, space burials. They have been in operation over 20 years and have only orbited 85 remains capsules because there’s no affordable way to launch. They only have access to secondary payloads and these are cost prohibitive. We’ve studied the market and the revenue potential is extremely high.