RocketStar awarded US Space Force contract to develop fusion-powered deep space propulsion

RocketStar moves forward in propelling U.S. and allied space assets

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New York, Nov. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RocketStar receives US Space Force contract to develop fusion engine Propulsion in deep space

RocketStar moves forward in propelling U.S. and allied space assets

New York, NY (November 1, 2022) – RocketStar has been awarded a United States Air Force (USAF) AFWERX program contract for a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award to continue its efforts in developing a fusion-powered space engine called Boron-Enhanced Electric Propulsion (BEEP) Drive. The BEEP Drive project is a collaboration between Rocketstar, Rhea Space Activity, Inc. and Miles Space, Inc.

This award marks a critical next step for RocketStar’s evolving offering of space propulsion technologies. The new grant was obtained based on the extraordinary results of phase 1, which allowed the company and its partners to achieve aneutronic fusion by observing a high degree of alpha particles. RocketStar’s aneutronic fusion technology creates a fusion reaction of a boron nucleus with a proton which produces alpha particles.

This Phase 2 price will enable third-party validation of the fusion, as well as the ability to accurately quantify thrust output.

Christopher Craddock, CEO and Founder of RocketStar, said, “We are honored to be selected by the Air Force for this Phase 2 award, which not only recognizes the compelling results we achieved in Phase 1 , but paves the way for us to create a real fusion thruster in space that can be affixed to most existing thrusters.”

“It comes down to two things: electric propulsion moves to water as fuel, and fusion doesn’t need to be contained to be useful. A water-based propellant can cause fusion in its plume exhaust and achieve similar benefits to an afterburner.” explains Wesley Faler, CEO of Miles Space.

“This Phase II effort will combine RocketStar’s fusion propulsion core with RSA’s Jervis Autonomy Module (JAM), so our US Space Force customers can truly expand beyond orbit. geostationary,” said Samuel Lee, chief financial officer of RSA. “BEEP Drive will revolutionize the economics of deep space missions by harnessing the power of fusion energy and autonomous navigation.”


About RocketStar

RocketStar is an industry leader in rocket propulsion technology that is transforming access to space. Recognized for their revolutionary, patent pending Aerospike Engine, Reusable, reliable and affordable, RocketStar opens up a whole new level of accessibility for future space travel. The team is made up of a small but talented group of scientists and adventurers with a mission to make space democratized and open to everyone, everywhere.

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About Rhea Space Activity

Rhea Space Activity (RSA) is an astrophysics company that designs and creates high-risk/high-reward research and development concepts to support United States national security objectives. RSA has developed various technologies in the fields of infrared satellites, directed energy, artificial intelligence, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), astroparticle physics, small satellites, cis-lunar operations, intelligence gathering, autonomous underwater vehicles, and for the F35 Eclair II.

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About Miles Space

Miles Space enables a future of deep space exploration with essential technologies for today’s market: energy-efficient propulsion, long-range communications and passive space radar for national defense. The M1.4B thruster, the debut of the BEEP drive, uses water vapor and electricity to achieve peak efficiency. Miles’ AI-in-the-loop signal processing products have saved millions of dollars in communications hardware costs.

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Media Contact:
Christopher J. Craddock
CEO and Founder
Rocketstar, Inc.
[email protected]
917-383-2320 Office
631-523-4455 Cell


CONTACT: Christopher J. Craddock CEO and Founder Rocketstar, Inc. [email protected] 917-383-2320 Office 631-523-4455 Cell

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