EARL-D4 test vehicle taking off on 5th May 2018
The EARL Project, our main activity, is aimed at re-usable access to sub-orbital and orbital space. For sub-orbital access a single aerodynamic, rocket-propelled automatically-guided vehicle would be used. Payloads would be taken to sub-orbital space and ejected, or kept within the hull and returned to a horizontal landing at the take-off site. The addition of two similarly-shaped, but non-payload carrying hulls to boost the payload-carrier into an orbit is also possible. In this way, we shall have achieved a fully-re-usable orbital access system. With repeated use, the operating costs will fall to those of propellant and maintenance - a fraction of what it now costs to launch payloads with a one-use launcher.
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