Thunderbird is british Starchaser Industries' entry to win the X-Prize. It is a completly recoverable and reusable suborbital rocket, consisting of 4 boosters and two stages. All stages and boosters are powered by liquid-fueled StarDrive engines and are to be recovered by parachutes. The three-seated Thunderbird capsule is also recovered by parachutes too after reaching a height of 100 km. Starchaser plans to conduct 2 launches in 2005 from Australia, flying 6 persons in total. The first flight is to be crewed by Anthony Haynes, Steve Bennett and an unidentified space tourist.
|Version||Strap-On||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|Thunderbird-RLV||4 × Booster / StarDrive||Stage 1 / StarDrive||Stage 2 / StarDrive|
No.TypNo Type Date LS Payload
None planned launches 1 Thunderbird-RLV xx.xx.2005 ? * Thunderbird F1 2 Thunderbird-RLV xx.xx.2005 ? * Thunderbird F2 Launch sites: ?