GOLauncher-1 (captive carry test) [Generation Orbit]
GOLauncher-2 [Generation Orbit]
GOLauncher is a small air-launched suborbital and orbital launch vehicle developed by Generation Orbit.
The GOLauncher rockets are based on hybrid rocket motors using a Paraffin / Liquid Oxygen fuel combination. The motors are under development by SPG (Space Propulsion Group).
GOLauncher-1 is a suborbital launch system consisting of a Gulfstream III carrier aircraft and a single stage oxygen-kerosene-fueled rocket. It will be capable to launch payloads up to 90 kg. The propulsion of GOLauncher-1 was originally to be developed by Ventions. In 2018 it was announced, that it used the Hadley engine by Ursa Major Technologies.
A first captive carry test was conducted in late 2017. A first flight is planned for late 2019. In October 2018, the GOLauncher-1 received the USAF designation X-60A for hypersonic flight research.
The GOLauncher-2 orbital launch system consists of a Gulfstream III carrier aircraft and a two stage hybrid-fueled rocket. It will be capable to launch a payload up to 45 kg to an orbit of up to 740 km. The second stage, based on GOLauncher-1, is to be developed by Ventions.
The planned launch site in Cecil Field Airport near Jacksonville, Florida.
NASA has contracted in October 2013 with Generation Orbit for a launch of three 3U cubesats. The NASA requirement under NEXT got rolled into VCLS as the payload size got larger and outside the capability of GOLauncher 2 to effectively complete the mission.
|Version||Aircraft||Stage 1||Stage 2|
|GOLauncher-1 (X-60A)||Gulfstream III||Stage 1 / Hadley||-|
|GOLauncher-2||Gulfstream III||Stage 1 / Hadley ?||Stage 2|
No. TypNo Type Date LS Payload
none Planned: 1 1 GOLauncher-1 (X-60A) xx.xx.2020 * CF ? Launch sites: CF = Cecil Field Airport, Jacksonville, Florida, USA