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Win a rocket ride to the edge of space!

Following the maiden flight of NOVA 2 we will be fitting the Starchaser 4 rocket booster with our Mk3 NOVA capsule before flying over 100,000 feet to the very edge of space. The new capsule will be capable of carrying two people; one seat will be reserved for our Starchaser qualified pilot, the other seat together with the role of rocketship navigator is up for grabs.

Do you have the right stuff?
In addition to the ride of your life aboard a real rocketship travelling at more than 1000 mph, you’ll get to see the curvature of the earth and experience the weightlessness conditions of spaceflight. The prize also includes all necessary medicals, pre-flight training, ground transport, and accommodations.

To enter the competition simply complete the application form here and tell us in 50 words or less, why you’d like to fly with us.

You have to be at least 21 years of age to enter (or be 21 by the time we fly) and you can only enter once. Full terms and conditions here



Title sponsorship of the Nova 2 project would provide your company with an exciting and unique vehicle upon which to familiarise your existing and future customers with your organisation, products and / or services. Significant international news media interest will ensure that the inclusion of your branding will provide unparalleled exposure both during and post launch where the rocket will embark upon a nationwide tour. Contact us here to find out how you can get your name on a rocket that the whole world will be watching!.

Although cash sponsorship is always helpful we are grateful to our many sponsors who contribute in-kind to our projects.
In-Kind sponsors provide essential materials, services and other contributions that would otherwise take up our valuable cash resources required for covering factory overheads such as business rates, lighting and heating.  In-kind sponsorship therefore provides an easy way for people and businesses to support us with little financial impact to themselves. Would you or your organisation like to contribute? That odd something or other that has been taking up space at the back of your warehouse might be just what we need! Contact us here

Volunteers are an important and integral part of the Starchaser effort and they contribute directly towards the progress and success of our various projects. We are now accepting applications from people wishing to be part of The Nova 2 Launch campaign. If you think you're made of the right stuff and would like to join the ranks of our dedicated team of volunteers, please click here and complete the online application form.

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Why I created Starchaser…

I have been fascinated with rocketry and space exploration since I was a small child; the early manned space programme and the extraordinary flight of Apollo 11 being of particular inspiration. Those fuzzy television images of Neil Armstrong walking on the surface of the Moon ignited a passion that has defined my life’s work and helped me set the rather lofty ambition of one day reaching space in a rocket that I will design and build myself.

We live on a planet which has finite resources and those resources are dwindling as our global population soars. Like many space enthusiasts I firmly believe that the future of our species rests in our ability to reach and exploit the boundless resources of outer space. For example, the sun shines many times brighter in space than can be seen from the surface of the earth, which means that space based solar power stations will be much more efficient than their terrestrial counterparts; safe, clean, renewable limitless energy. Additionally there are enough minerals and resources contained within the ‘accessible’ planets, moons and asteroids of our solar system to allow the human race to continue to grow at its current rate of expansion for the next ten thousand years. Establishing a human presence in space will also assure the survival of our species against natural as well as human caused planetary wide catastrophes.

Inexpensive space access is the key.

Space begins just 100km above the surface of the Earth but in the 50 years since human spaceflight became possible, only a few hundred people have had the privilege of going there. This is because reaching space is very expensive and this is because we go there so infrequently; a situation exacerbated by the fact that following every mission, the expensive rocket that was used to carry the crew is quite literally thrown away!

Despite this there are hundreds of thousands of people who would like to fly in space as tourists; people looking to experience the thrill and excitement of launch, take in the view of our beautiful blue planet and have fun in the weightless environment of microgravity. To date, only 7 people have flown as space tourists. Transported aboard government sponsored rockets they have each paid a reported $20 million each, but it’s not the exorbitant price tag that’s holding this industry up, it’s the lack of available flights.

The technology to reach space has been around for decades and sub-orbital spaceflight is not that difficult to accomplish, as demonstrated by the Scaled Composites team in 2004 when they won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize for launching the worlds first privately built space ship to reach an altitude of 100km, which is the threshold of space.

Through my work as an educator and as a builder of aerospace hardware I have dedicated my life towards furthering humankind’s advancement into space and I will not cease until I have made safe, low cost sub-orbital space tourism a reality.

The establishment of mass market space tourism even at the sub-orbital level will lead to significantly lowering the cost of reaching orbit and as the price comes down, humans will do increasingly more in space until one day, the frontier of outer space will open up forever.


Starchaser Industries has announced its intention to launch the Nova II rocket 1 year from now in September 2012.  Nova II will be the largest rocket ever fired from the UK beating its predecessor, the Nova I, that was launched from Morecambe Bay in 2001.

Pending CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) approval, Nova II should be launched approximately one year from today.

A countdown clock for the event will be appearing shortly on the website and will be a permanent fixture until the launch is complete.  Further details and project updates will be released in due time; for more information check out 'Starchaser Industries Ltd' on Facebook or follow '@starchaseruk' on Twitter!

Click here to watch the Nova Launch movie.


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Manchester, United Kingdom. Rocket manufacturing company Starchaser Industries Ltd (Starchaser) has teamed up with plastics manufacturer and distributor Ensinger in a bid to open the frontier of space for Great Britain.

Ensinger Precision Engineering will supply a complex machined part which will act as a special plastic fuel for Starchaser’s innovative Eco-rocket engine that is to be used to launch British tourists into space. The Eco-rocket engine, which was originally developed with funding from the North West Development Agency (NWDA), has been designed to combust a range of fuels in combination with hydrogen peroxide to produce low emission, environmentally friendly, exhaust gasses. The material provided by Ensinger burns so cleanly that no smoke is produced.

This sponsorship, together with a cash donation of £5000 from Ensinger Precision Engineering will allow Starchaser to finish the construction and prepare for flight, a new 6 metre (21 foot) tall rocket that is to take to the skies this spring from Morecambe Bay off the north west coast of England. This rocket, which has yet to be named, will test vital safety systems that are designed to safeguard the lives of future astronauts.

Ensinger are further collaborating with Starchaser in helping find a name for the new rocket as part of a competition for school children; the best name, as judged by staff at Ensinger and Starchaser, will secure the winners exclusive VIP passes to the upcoming launch. The rocket which is totally re-usable and reaching an altitude of more than ten thousand feet before returning to earth safely via parachute, will be the biggest of its kind ever flown in the UK.

Said Starchaser Managing Director Steve Bennett, “The sponsorship provided by Ensinger Precision Engineering allows us to make the finishing touches to this groundbreaking rocket and puts us another step closer to reaching space, whilst the competition to find a name for it dovetails perfectly into our existing schools outreach programme, which engages with thousands of young people every year”.

Steve Tipples, Director and General Manager of Ensinger UK said “Working with Steve Bennett and the Starchaser team is a very exciting time for us within the machine parts arm of Ensinger UK. The project is directly related to our aim in becoming a first class partner when our development application teams work closely with companies who are using, or could benefit from using the vast range of high specification engineering plastic materials supplied by the Ensinger Group. We are always striving to assist customers with their challenging application ideas whether it is from the concept or improvement stage and this project proves that we are able to assist on a surprising array of projects in a wide ranging field of applications; indeed maybe “the sky is not the limit”!

“The project also fits perfectly within our collaboration project with local schools where we have been assisting their engineering departments in terms of investments in machinery and vast amounts of in-house training and supply of materials etc. We are currently arranging for a “Starchaser rocket visit” to the engineering department of our local school in Tonyrefail, which will be a very exciting time for the students”.

“Starchaser and the Earthrise Institute have the shared goal of helping teachers excite and inspire students in the pursuit of science. Our future depends on humanity expanding its knowledge and understanding of the Universe; space has the unique ability to break down cultural borders and bring humanity together in shared awe.

I’m honoured and delighted to be a Patron of the Starchaser Education Programme and hope teachers recognize the valuable contribution this programme delivers to UK Science education.”

Dr. Alan Hale

About Dr. Hale

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy Alan Hale spent 3 years in the U.S. Navy prior to joining NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While working at JPL Alan was involved in a number of high profile spacecraft projects, most notably the Voyager 2 encounter with the planet Uranus in 1986.

Shortly after this project Alan enrolled in the Astronomy department at New Mexico State University and subsequently earned his Master Degree followed by a PhD. Upon earning his doctorate Alan worked at the Space Centre in Alamogordo, (now the New Mexico Museum of Space History*), and served as the Staff Astronomer and Outreach Education Coordinator.

Alan is most widely known for his work on comets, including his discovery of comet Hale-Bopp in 1995. Hale-Bopp was probably the most widely observed comet of the twentieth century.

Dr. Hale is founder and President of the Earthrise Institute whose primary goal is to use astronomy, space, and other related endeavours as a tool for breaking down international and inter-cultural barriers and for bringing humanity closer together.

Dr. Hale has followed the progress of Starchaser Industries for the last few years and supports the aims and objectives of Starchaser’s Educational Outreach Activities.

Starchaser Industries are proud to have Dr. Alan Hale as a Patron.

*Starchaser’s NOVA/Starchaser 4 rocket is currently an exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.