Starstruck (company)

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Starstruck Inc. was a company founded by James Bennett that attempted to perform low-cost orbital rocket launches using experimental, sea-launched hybrid rockets. While a commercial failure, it is an important part of hybrid rocket history,[1] responsible for restarting commercial development of hybrid rockets.[2][3] One of its core leadership was former first Apple CEO Michael Scott. The company folded after three rockets built and one successfully launched to suborbital space. Several veterans of Starstruck founded the American Rocket Company (AMROC),[4] which also eventually failed. AMROC's intellectual property was acquired by SpaceDev.[citation needed]


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  4. ^ David P. Gump. (1990). Space Enterprise: Beyond NASA. Praeger Publishers, New York. pp 28-31.
  1. Jim Schefter. (May 1984) High-tech Rockets on the Cheap. Popular Science

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