SMALL VEHICLE LAUNCH OPERATIONS

GLIDER LAUNCH OPERATIONS

A new glider launch concept could provide Hawaiʻi with significant revenue and employment opportunities. The Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Program has allocated $25-50 million for the glider concept, which is fully designed but not yet built. Funding from DoD and foreign investments could be used to help offset the development costs.

A successful operation is estimated to be worth $1 billion after 3 to 4 years. The revenue for Hawaiʻi would include: 1) a share of the IP value for the glider system estimated at $660M when fully operational, 2) operational costs for the launch sites, 3) increased high-tech companies/jobs related to orbital and planetary missions, 4) U.S. Air Force support for six small U.S. rockets that can be adapted for glider launches.  

LAND-BASED OPERATIONS

Two private space companies are interested in launching 10-15 payloads to space from East Hawaiʻi each year. Hawaiʻi’s geographic positioning makes it an ideal location for equatorial orbital launches for small launch vehicles.