|Events . Press
|SUBJECT: White Paper Presentation:
Suborbital Launches Using MiG Fighter
presentation by Scott Powell and Arif Karabeyogl
DATE: February 28, 2012
LOCATION: NSRC - Palo Alto, CA
Posted by Doug Messier on February 29, 2012, at 11:59 am Parabolic Arc News
Company Plans Suborbital Launches Using MiG Fighter
Posted by Doug Messier on February 29, 2012, at 11:59 am in News
Tags: premier space systems, suborbital flights, suborbital research.
Premier Space Systems' Mig-21UM jet during a test flight. (Credit: Premier Space Systems)
I saw an interesting presentation at NSRC yesterday by Scott Powell and Arif Karabeyoglu yesterday on a
new plan to launch suborbital payloads using jet aircraft.
Their company, Premier Space Systems, is developing a system that uses Soviet-era MiG-21UM to air
launch payloads weighing up to 45 kg (99 pounds). The company is developing 10-inch and 22-inch LOX-
parafin hybrid rockets, which are being tested in Butte, Montana.
Premier has completed three captive carry flights. An additional six captive carry tests are planned by
the end of June, according to the company’s website.
The MiG-21UM is a high performance jet of which more than 13,000 were produced. So, there is no
shortage of spare parts for the company’s fleet, Powell said.
The company is located at the Hillsboro Oregon Airport. It is with Space Propulsion Group, Spath
Engineering, Premier Jets, and the Portland State Aerospace Society.
Premier plans to offer orbital services in the future using a larger aircraft, the company’s website states.
SUBJECT: Roll Out of the NanoLaunch 1 Rocket by Premier Space System’s
2011 Oregon International Airshow
DATE: August 19th, 2011
LOCATION: 2011 Oregon International Airshow - Hillsboro Airport, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
NanoLaunch 1 Rocket and MiG 21 UM inaugural Display
Attendees and enthusiasts of the Oregon International Airshow had a unique opportunity to view the ‘roll
out’ of the new commercial sub-orbital project sponsored by Roger Kelsay, owner/president of Premier
Jets, Inc., Hillsboro, Oregon.
The ‘actual-size mock-up’ of the sub-orbital NanoLaunch 1 Rocket, mounted on a MiG-21UM aircraft, was
on display. Scott Powell, Operations Manager of Premier Space Systems was also available for
discussion and questions from space enthusiasts.
Mission: to conduct atmospheric launches of nano and
micro-satelites from high performance aircraft and via rockets
dedicated to this purpose. Initial operational capability will be for
sub-orbital launches orbital space launches of satellites weighing less than 45kg/100lbs. Ultimately, the
system will be developed for launches into low-earth orbit for satellites of the same weight.
• The nation is in need of a satellite launching system that is dedicated to small satellites, providing
unique launch and space flight parameters, repeatable in short intervals, and cost-effective, relative to all
other options. Premier Space Systems and the “NanoLaunch” project is dedicated to meeting that need.
• Electronic miniaturization in the last decade has made satellites of 100 lbs or less (“nano- and
micro- satellites”) viable. This system is intended to launch un-manned satellites in that weight class. It is
part of the emerging commercial space industry.
• Premier Space Systems is in alliance with two major entities to create this capability: Space
Propulsion Group of Sunnyvale California and Portland State Aerospace Society of Portland, Oregon.