Gary Hudson (engineer)

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Gary Hudson
Engineering career
DisciplinePrivate spaceflight
Practice nameRotary Rocket Company

Gary Hudson (born 1949/1950[1]) has been involved in private spaceflight development since 1970, for over 40 years.


Hudson is best known as the founder of Rotary Rocket Company, which in spending ~$30 Million attempted to build a unique single stage to orbit launch vehicle known as the Roton. Rotary Rocket built a landing test simulator (the Roton ATV) which flew three successful test flights in 1999. The book "They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus - An Incurable Dreamer Builds the First Civilian Spaceship" by Elizabeth Weil is about the Roton project and Gary Hudson.[1]

He also helped found Transformational Space T/Space in 2004.

He also helped found AirLaunch LLC which was awarded the DARPA/USAF FALCON project in 2003.[citation needed]

Previous projects included designs of the Phoenix SSTO, the Percheron, and other rockets, founder of Pacific American Launch Systems, and various consulting projects.

Currently, he is the President and CEO of the Space Studies Institute.

Hudson appears as a character in the novel Fallen Angels, along with his Phoenix SSTO.

Hudson is also a founding partner of Oisin Biotechnologies,[2] which is developing a liposomally-delivered suicide gene senolytic therapy (a treatment that removes senescent cells from the body). Hudson provided an initial seed donation to help fund the creation of the SENS Research Foundation.

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External links[edit]

  • T/Space
  • Gary Hudson entry in Spacefuture Who's Who
  • "AirLaunch LLC". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  • They also laughed at Christopher Columbus