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Given ships or sails
adapted to the breezes of heaven,
there will be those who will not shrink
From even that vast expanse
— Johannes Kepler, Letter to Galileo, 1610

Our launch vehicle solutions enable groundbreaking, low-cost access to space, and open up new possibilities for nanosatellites.

The nanosatellite launch market is currently dependent solely on rideshare with primary payloads. The launch capacity is unable to keep up with the booming nanosatellite industry, creating a backlog of spacecraft. Limitations in scheduling, the lack of reliable launch opportunities, and restrictions in payload accommodations become the biggest bottleneck for the commercialization and broad adoption of these spacecraft. SmallSat offerings are unable to address these issues. We cater to the growing nanosatellite community, which has an increasingly broader range of applications, but is limited by the difficulty of obtaining a launch. Having a dedicated launch gives all the advantages of owning the primary payload at a fraction of the cost of our competitors.


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TRAILBLAZER

Trailblazer is a high performance suborbital rocket which will make the platform accessible to commercial customers for the first time. It opens up a multitude of new possibilities in research and testing. Hard-to-obtain flight opportunities, lack of mobility, and high costs are addressed in a way that will change the way we view sounding rockets forever. 

  • Highly competitive pricing: starting at $100,000 per flight*
  • Flexible vehicle configuration according to customer specifications
  • Low wait time: one month turnaround
  • Can be launched from virtually anywhere in the country

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FeynmaN

Feynman is a dedicated nanosatellite launch vehicle capable of delivering payloads of up to 11kg into sun-synchronous orbit. Its low cost is enabled by our innovations in manufacturing and nanolauncher technology. Each orbital launch is priced starting at $550,000*.

  • Extremely fast turnover rate: first routinely launched orbital delivery service
  • Missions tailored to customer profile — special payload accomodations and irregular envelopes
  • Provides launch services for 1U, 3U, 6U, and other Cubesat configurations to polar orbit, SSO, and highly eccentric orbits.

Propulsion technology

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Subscale Bench Test Engine

Aphelion's propulsion team has developed and produced a number of rocket engines, including a current line of 250N engines for testing the Trailblazer propulsion system. We have the capability to produce small to mid-sized liquid propellant engines ranging from 20N to 30kN thrust with our in-house precision manufacturing and ablative material production facilities. In addition, additively manufactured annular aerospike engines are under development for our vehicles with a focus on cost reduction and reliability.


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AVIONICS

Scalable, proven avionics enable key innovations in our launch vehicles such as aerospike thrust vectoring. Through the use of cutting edge electronics and rigorous testing, we are able to provide high reliability without losing cost, power, and mass advantages. Our designs have been flight proven in multiple existing vehicles.

 

*Tentative. Prices are subject to change.