TGV Rockets Plans to Launch Reusable Sounding Vehicle


Excerpted from Space News, January 17, 2000, p. 6. For complete details please see original article.

Another reusable launch vehicle start-up company has joined the quest for cheaper access to space.

Unlike the nearly dozen other U.S. reusable rocket companies struggling to finance their low-cost satellite launchers, however, TGV Rockets of Bethesda, Md., has slightly lower expectations for its vehicle, dubbed the Michelle-B.

TGV Rockets wants to build and launch the world's first reusable sounding rocket, a $50 million gamble to enter a niche in the launch market worth about a few hundred million dollars a year.

The proposed vehicle, which was partly inspired by the Pentagon's ill-fated DC-X program, would be marketed to microgravity researchers as a low-cost alternative to expendable sounding rockets.