QuickReach Small Launch Vehicle Development
From 2005 until the end of 2008 Holder Aerospace personnel supported AirLaunch LLC in the
execution of the DARPA/USAF funded Falcon Small Launch Vehicle Program. Holder Aerospace
partners made key contributions to the program in management, financial, and
technical areas, serving in the positions of Chief Program Executive, Chief
Operations Officer, and Senior Engineer.
The program included an envelope expansion test program of the C-17 cargo
aircraft, demonstrating the ability to air launch the 72,000 lb QuickReach
SLV from an unmodified aircraft. Test flights were conducted out of Edwards
Air Force Base in California.
In addition, the team executed an extensive propulsion development & testing
program of the AirLaunch VaPak propulsion system. The second stage engine of
the QuickReach rocket was test-fired over 50 times, and a full duration burn
of the integrated second stage was also successfully completed.
In the process of program execution, the team set several new world records,
including the heaviest object ever dropped from a military cargo airplane,
and the longest duration test firing of a VaPak pressurized liquid rocket