On November 16, 2019, New Hyde Park, NY iRocket today announced that the company was selected by the Department of the Air Force to support an SBIR Phase I contract for the U.S. Air Force. iRocket, a privately funded New York startup, is designing reusable- small rockets, to cargo micro, nano, cube, and constellation satellites to LEO on its Shockwave launch vehicle. iRocket plans to disrupt the small satellite market and offer On-Orbit satellite servicing capabilities by 2025.

A Rendering of iRocket’s Shockwave vehicle carrying a satellite payload to Space

iRocket’s Shockwave will be a fully Autonomous Launch vehicle and the only reusable small launcher in the market. It will comprise of two stages to orbit, the first stage landing back on the launch site. iRocket will prove inland launch capabilities to the Department of Defense and be mission capable of launching within 24 hrs. iRocket plans to launch its rockets from Cape Canaveral, FL.

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