The Ramstar Hypersonic UAV conceptualized, modeled and simulated for aircraft carrier operations. Image by C. Moore.

A new venture. A new team. A new space launch vehicle to revolutionize access to space.

Spin-Off In Stealth Mode

The Future of Fast Launch Technology™ (Click Image for video.)

Ramstar orbital spaceplane integrates a new class of intelligent materials, establishing a new level of sustainability in reusable launch systems and leadership Fast Launch Technology™

The Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane is the first privately funded orbital launch system envisioned to provide the greatest level of sustainability and reliability with cost effective operations. ARSi Space's Fast Launch Technology™ is the future of launch systems. Combining horizontal launch with Fast Launch™.

The unique modular design allows for human crews and autonomous flight including as a Reusable Fast Launch Vehicle™ (RFLV™) with a turn around time within days, instead of weeks.

Ramstar Mark 8/Mark 8.2 Initial design specifications:

Length: 18.9 m [62 ft.]/29.0 m [88.4 ft.]
6.59 m/12.8 m (Model Mark 8/Model Mark 8.2)
7.0 m/8.2m
Total payload:
52,000 kg/88,000kg (manned/unmanned (Mark 8.2)
Propulsion (two-stage and three-stage to orbit):
Reusable boosters. 2 on-board turbojet engines.
Orbital maneuvering rear pods with 4 thrusters each, 4 front thrusters and
2 vectoring thrusters
Two APUs, Star Sailor Power's patented solar power unit and intelligent Energy Storage Module (iESM).
Robot Arm:
Rail deployable
Maximum sustained mission orbit:
1287 kl./800 mi. (MEO), delivery to GEO, lunar or planetary missions with payload assist module type motor.
2-stage or 3-stage (orbit dependant)


Space Technology: Training and Human Factors

ARSI's spaceplane and space environmental simulators are getting a new home with Sometimes it Takes a Rocket Scientist®. The partnership will continue to build training mock-ups, design commercial astronaut crew systems and build multiphysics models to assist in the deign and analysis of new spacecraft and exploration systems.

Dr. Edwards is leading with new training methods for Commercial Astronaut selection and training. His crew comparability model offers innovative perspectives for what will be a new profession.

The Beginning of a New Profession:
An Up-Date of a Paradigm Changing Book

"The development of commercial astronaut standards is fundamental and individual to the organizations they serve. This highly visible, highly trained professional will become ideally the marketing expert of the future. Not only will he or she be the most knowledgeable in the systems they (operate and) fly, but will need to communicate and educate the customer base. Whether the space tourist or the commercial technology user is their customer they will need the skills of a senior project manager or technical services director to do their jobs well. This creates the commercial astronaut as a technology manager, not just a pilot or engineer. The new paradigm creates numerous possibilities for future space professionals and a level of diversity and innovation in human space never envisioned by government space planners." (Dr. P. A. Menges, Commercial Astronaut Handbook, 2005/2024.)


Commercial Spaceplanes Take-Off

The Ramstar Orbital Spaceplane is now planned to advance as an atmospheric testbed to evaluate integration of propulsion and control systems and define handling qualities.

Described by Matthew Bentley in the Springer monograph, Spaceplanes: From Airport to Spaceport, it is one of the first vehicles to utilize a modular architecture supported by AI.

The new autonomous technology integrates health-monitoring and control of the Ramstar through the entire flight envelope.

The Ramstar is now one of the most studied transatmospheric vehicles (TAV).


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