Today marks a new era of space commerce. Many excellent ventures are emerging to provide more affordable space access. In the 1930s aviation evolved technologies that enabled effective commercial air services. Some have identified the DC-3 as a great step in that direction. Launcher Evolution Advanced Prototype (L.E.A.P.) is our next generation launch system to fill that role today. But we don’t have to go to space to go to market. Staging offers unique advantages to missiles and long endurance drone launches too. Investors in each prototype step can expect customer markets for every vehicle, to include unmanned systems and suborbital markets. There is no reason to miss opportunities to build company finances in every step. Wings open markets that vertical launch can’t touch.
Previous concepts have used high drag piggy-back or under-slung staging configurations. If internally stored, mission stage wings do not create lift so the carrier craft must be larger. THE HILLS. vehicle is a two stage aircraft with Blended in-line stage configuration. Both stages contribute to high lift with low drag, reduced mass, and size. Performance grows while cost shrinks. These platforms are adaptable to varied propulsion types and missions. Tiny supersonic drones can loiter, strike, or return to base for a different mission stage. Larger versions can deliver a cruise missile or satellite without putting an air crew or ship at risk..
NASA and military markets are like the U.S. Mail contracts that opened commercial aviation. The real future lies in the commercial market, which is booming today. Exodus Aerospace has more technology coming that will deliver the reality of fully reusable space launch systems. Horizontal operations offer clear advantages for trajectory, reusable economy, comfort, and safety in manned space flight. No orbital spacecraft have ever been reusable except the winged space shuttle and the X-37. Our ability and willingness to grow in affordable steps can deliver all of this promise for the future.
New propulsion may deliver 1/3 of the velocity to reach orbit without lifting liquid oxygen. Current proposals to use hypersonic boosters still illustrate high drag ideas that reject common sense. Exodus Aerospace will validate safer more efficient methods in affordable steps. Those steps will include big markets for small vehicles. Those steps will pave the way to true economy in orbital launch services.
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