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Spacefleet Ltd is a company that is aiming to provide a space transport service to take users' payloads to sub-orbital and orbital space. This website is a shop window for the Spacefleet projects and sales, and it aims to grow a community of space enthusiasts. If you join up (see panel to the right), you will have access to the discussion forum, the Space News archive, you will be able to submit your own articles to the "Space News" section.

The very-long-term aim: an organisation that will provide space transport services on a commercial, international basis. The visionary writer, Arthur C Clarke once proclaimed: "We will take no frontiers into space!". We agree.

Spacefleet sub-orbital space tourism concept vehicle

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Unlike some space projects you may see around the web with flashy web sites but no hardware built and no practical progress made, the Spacefleet projects have real hardware, for the EARL, Dart and PDRE projects. Spacefleet Ltd is based in the UK, and we have associates in Romania and Ukraine with workshops dedicated to our shared projects. When we have enough funding we will be able to expand into business premises in the UK and elsewhere. Before we can do that, we have to be able to take the critical step in providing a sub-orbital launch service, which we will do.



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 Why does space launch cost so much, while air flight is so cheap? Think how much it would cost you to travel on an Airbus or Boeing, etc, if the whole aircraft were to be scrapped at the end of its first flight. Only millionaires could afford tickets. That's what happens with space launchers. Can we do anything about it? Yes, we can.

Spacefleet Ltd is a small UK company that has started this effort by developing a space-capable rocket-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ("UAV"), or "drone". It will be capable of taking small payloads up above the atmosphere into space. On May 5th, 2018, we tested a small-scale "boost-glide" demonstrator, the EARL-D4, which flew up to 4 km height, before gliding down to the ground, under programmed automatic control.

EARL-D4 taking off at a site in eastern Romania

We now need to make changes, to build a more aerodynamic hull, and with improved solid propellant, or a liquid-propellant rocket motor, we expect the EARL-D4 Mk II to reach 30 km or more. With a scaling-up of the hull by a factor of three, we can reach sub-orbital space and we'll then have a commercial product.

To build a sub-orbital version of the EARL is something that a small group of sub-millionaire partners, for example, could do. A sub-orbital EARL could replace the expendable sounding rockets in current use around the world. The vehicle would be re-usable, like an aircraft, and the payload recovery expedition would be eliminated as well, leading to a big cost saving.

We have expertise in:

  • Rocket propulsion, both solid and liquid propellant
  • Guidance, navigation and communications for UAVs
  • Aerodynamics

If you would like to know more about this project, or you are interested in-:

  • sending small experiments (can-sat format) to the upper atmosphere for micro-gravity or atmospheric measurements
  • using our solid-propellant rocket motors, e.g. 120mm  diameter motor, 750kg thrust. Motors are re-usable. New motors can be custom-designed to your requirements.
  • having a special-purpose UAV designed and built to your requirements.
  • rocket propulsion and space technology education and training

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