They want to reduce the cost of access to space by 100 times.
They want to create sub-orbital space tourism.
They want their first space plane flying tourists to suborbital altitude by 2023.
They have raised about $5 million (520 million yen) in funding.
Primary uses of funds
・Development of a new type of engine (jet-rocket combustion mode switchable engine) and its practical application
・Development of three types of experimental unmanned planes; X05, X06, and X07
*X07: Total length 8 meters, gross weight 3.5 tons, unmanned suborbital plane with the capability of reaching 100km
The engine can switch from air-breathing mode – where the engine burns liquid propellant with atmosphere air to generate exhaust – to rocket mode, where the engine will switch to on-board oxidizer – to generate thrust. It can fly from a runway and reach suborbital altitudes.
Development Spaceplane type
Spaceplane type Full length Payload Height Main applications Multipurpose observation aircraft Unmanned 5m 50m 50m〜10km Observation Suborbital aircraft Unmanned 8m 100kg 100km Microgravity test High altitude atmospheric observation Suborbital aircraft Manned 14.8m 1000kg (6+2people) 100km Space tourism Suborbital aircraft ＋Air launch rocket Manned T.B.D. 200kg 400～500km （Sun-synchronous orbit） Orbit insertion of micro satellites
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