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March 16, 2013

We are progressing towards the technologies of our science fiction future; we have cell phones, ipads, and even tricorders may be coming, but…


You already know that science fiction has inspired answers. From Popular Science Magazine:

The first mainstream use of the expression “warp drive” dates to 1966, when Gene Roddenberry launched Star Trek. For the next 30 years, warp existed purely as a construct of one of science fiction’s most enduring series. Then, a physicist named Miguel Alcubierre found himself watching an episode of the show. At the time, he was doing his graduate work in general relativity, and he asked himself what it would take to make warp drive physically plausible. He published a paper outlining the physics in 1994.

Great private ventures are being funded by entrepreneurs who found fortunes in computer technology. Our space future is coming from ordinary citizens who enrich these new space builders through web sales and gaming…YOU are building the future of space exploration now!

But we can’t go to warp speed until we can go to low earth orbit (LEO) for a lower cost. A small group in our time is proposing to demonstrate and evaluate real flying hardware to make space flight more accessible and reliable. We have a new technology, but we need your help. This time we want you to get credit for your contribution. Science fiction is the hope for science fact to come; it is the expression of faith for a great future. If you have been funding that future shouldn’t you get credit for it?

We already have a few great ventures delivering basic space launches now. We do not have reusable boosters, as we destroy every rocket we launch into orbit now. We have only one orbital space plane, the X-37, operating after the retirement of the space shuttle. This does at least recover the upper stage, as do the capsule type vehicles that deliver cargo to the space station.

Efforts are being made to develop reusable vertical landing vehicles now. These will provide re-usability, but they may be risky until rockets become more reliable. We still lose a few launches due to propulsion loss on ascent, and some will happen on landing as well.

The message we consider now will suggest developing systems that offer a safe landing potential even if propulsion is lost. We recently witnessed an airliner making a landing in water after losing all propulsion. Winged or horizontal launchers may offer less useful payload, but they retain this option for landing in emergencies. This is a valuable consideration for any manned vehicles we may plan.

The option to fly to orbit in a space plane has been considered often and even recently by qualified aerospace experts. The cost of development requires a painful investment up front, and it deters the faint of heart backers. Still, the resilience of the concept and its advantages keeps it close for consideration. Science fiction writers and artists often serve us attractive winged vehicles because it is still a natural and aesthetically appealing concept. It is also a functional asset to space operations.

You who want to live in the role of space adventurers may deliver the reality we are seeking. There is a path that allows you to keep this concept alive for a fair evaluation. One venture is proposing a few enhancements that can bring horizontal launchers back into competition for future high flight rates for orbital launches. There is no other study being made, so this tiny venture needs to see qualified evaluation and development. You can enable the basic steps towards a self funding venture.

THE PROBLEM: Launch vehicles still require two or more stages to reach orbit. Typical Horizontally launched space planes place a small orbiter on or under a larger booster aircraft. These suffer from drag due to the frontal area of two vehicles. If the two are aerodynamically blended, they lose the lift of the orbiter’s wings. This requires a larger booster aircraft, with greater wing area and more weight.


High drag…


or lost lift? Both are heavy and burn more fuel than….




A NEW SOLUTION: A viable alternative: to join the two aircraft with the orbiter in front of the booster, in line on the same plane. Using a flying wing body shape allows both wings to serve as one. This allows a smaller booster with more lift and less drag. Building a prototype will demonstrate the concept and identify a path to funding as well.

Horizontal In Line Launch Staging (H.I.L.L.S.) may become a space launcher, but it has other markets closer to earth. We foresee fuel efficient airliners with smaller engines and fuel tanks because they are boosted to operational altitudes. Hypersonic vehicles will be launched by conventional turbine powered boosters. Drones and small satellite launchers will enjoy efficient and reusable service. We can build self funding steps towards the goal.

A prototype space plane can demonstrate the path to an aerospace revolution. We are able to deliver this demonstration to manufacturers and investors at a low cost now. You can deliver information to help launch our enterprise. Inventors are launching new ventures every day on a website called Kickstarter. We will be launching our campaign very soon now. If you and your friends spread the word we may reach the goal, and make you full crew members in our real space enterprise. If science fiction breeds innovation, we can move on to science fact.

This is a small venture, and the funding need is small too. However if we go over the top on funding we will go over the top on delivery too. A prototype airplane is one step, but several steps can lead to actual launch vehicles. I am expecting real customer needs to be filled early in the journey. We intend to build an airplane model and a business model at the same time.

This is not an exotic technology, and we have already been flying small models. We will build an affordable prototype initially. That is enough to promote at professional conferences and air shows. We are working towards a design project with a major university. We have some professional help, and will add more as the project grows. If we continue growth we want to build a larger prototype with turbine and high power rocket propulsion. This will be a first bridge between unmanned aircraft and advanced rocketry projects. No one has ever delivered a reusable sounding rocket that offers the safety features of a winged system before this. It can lead to affordable low earth orbit systems.

You know that science fiction fans have kept our national interest in space alive and growing for decades now. A shuttle was named for the Enterprise and astronauts tweet with Trek actors from the space station. We lost our shuttle, and the funding for NASA is gone now. Private ventures need the momentum of fan enthusiasm. We also need to preserve the winged portion of our shuttle lessons. NASA may have tossed the baby and kept the bath water for future vehicles. We are going back to the Apollo program instead of going ahead to Enterprise. Let’s reunite aero and space!

We do not need massive investment if we have grass roots support. Our team has been building and flying, and documentation is posted on line. I began moving about the nation in my trailer to identify a base of operations and spaceport support last year. My journey mimics a spacy odyssey of sorts as I pass the “burial” place of James Kirk in Nevada, Mojave Spaceport, Houston NASA, and the air show in Oshkosh. Check out our whole path including shop work in 100 degree plus Arizona. You will see how Wyoming and Frontier Astronautics won out as our business friendly new home for the dream. You will also see a bit of the science fiction dreamer manifesting a small reality in flight.

Among your ranks are those who can contribute on many levels. Any real space venture requires an army of supporters of every skill set. We welcome contributions of time as well as funding. Aerospace educators can bring students on board. Corporate sponsorship and discounts are valuable and we can deliver inside information on our projects to our supporters. We will deliver recognition and rewards to all contributors…Join a real Star Fleet crew!

Best of all, you can show the world leadership to the future. Fans have the power when governments and private investment are confused and hesitant. Here is the proof: Kickstarter has funded many tech projects, and movie fans have revived the hope of a new Veronica Mars movie.

Science Fiction Rules! We can do more than suggest new technologies; we can enable them now.

Our past work and flight tests are documented on line, and our team is ready and capable. We will add more capabilities as we grow. Your support is the key capability we need now. Examine our first steps on our blog and allow us to assimilate your assets, technologies, and skills into our own.

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