Continuing the tradition of deriving commercial launch vehicles from U.S. Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), PMB Aerospaces’ sister company E-Prime Aerospace in 1987 was given the right under an amendment to its Commercialization Agreement with the U.S. Air Force to derive the Eagle S-Series of launch vehicles from Peacekeeper ICBM technology. E’ Prime now has the go-ahead to use this technology and market the Eagle S-Series Launch Vehicles as a commercial satellite launcher. With over 40 consecutive launches of the Peacekeeper by the USAF, without a single failure, the Peacekeeper is the most advanced and successful rocket in the world today.
PMB Aerospace Corporation provides commercial launch services for satellite companies or National launches. Launch services offered by PMB Aerospace Corporation include provision of the launch vehicle, launch site, integration of the payload with appropriate protective fairing and deployment features, preparation of range documentation, payload processing facilities, assembly, test, countdown, launch and post launch control, and orbital verification operations. Payload integration, mission definition, configuration management, launch and flight operations are also conducted by PMB Aerospace Corporation.
In October 1987, an agreement signed with the United States Air Force (USAF) provided PMB Aerospace Corporation subsidiary E-Prime Aerospace Corporation the use of technology based on the Peacekeeper solid fuel missile system. The cost associated with developing and deploying the program was @ 45 – 50 Billion US$ for the land-based and rail garrison systems (Peacekeeper History). Following this agreement, PMB Aerospace affiliated companiesCorporation began the development of the Eagle Series of launch vehicles. Under the agreement, PMB Aerospace affiliated companiesCorporation purchased the related equipment which has an estimated replacement cost of more than $200,000,000.00.
In November 1988, PMB Aerospace affiliated companies launched the first fully commercial rocket in U.S. space history from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Loft 1, a small sub-orbital rocket, carried 34 pounds of payload (microgravity experiments) on a short ballistic flight downrange and was used as a “Path Finder” to determine the launch requirements of the Department of Transportation and the Eastern Test Range. This historic flight was the start of commercial launch operations in the U.S., and received international press coverage. In early 1990, the Peacekeeper first stage motor was included in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which was signed by both the governments of the United States and the former Soviet Union. Following the execution of this treaty, the Company was prohibited in producing PMB Aerospace affiliated companiesCorporation’s first stage motor. For nine years, PMB Aerospace affiliated companies’ development concentrated on redesign, new technologies and the preservation of the technology developed during the Peacekeeper program.
PMB Aerospace affiliated companies are marketing a range of launch vehicles with payload capabilities from communications satellites up to large multipurpose satellites of 20,000 pounds into a geosynchronous earth orbit ((GEO) 22,300 miles above the earth). Small and medium lift single core vehicles are launched from a launch tube, which propels the rocket some 200 feet into the air before the first stage is ignited. This cold launch method increases the payload capability by approximately 10% and prevents costly refurbishment to the launch facility.
Eagle launch vehicles are a modular design of solid propellant booster stages and a liquid bi-propellant upper stage. This unique modular design of four (4) interchangeable motor configurations allows a vehicle to be configured to fit a specific payload requirement. The primary benefits of the Eagle Series vehicles are reliability of solid fuel, rapid response time, ease of launch, and low cost (20% to 60% of competitors). The Company believes that these benefits provide a distinct advantage in the world launch market.
In October 1987, PMB Aerospace affiliated companies signed an agreement with the United States Air Force (USAF). In November, 1988, and launched the first fully commercial rocket in U.S. space history from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In early 1990, the Peacekeeper first stage motor was included in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). In 1998, PMB Aerospace affiliated companies, using Peacekeeper baseline technology, improved design changes, and development of the ESM-9 first stage motor in a 100% commercial environment, eliminated the ESM-9 from the START Treaty. In 1999, PMB Aerospace affiliated companies completed commercialization of the Peacekeeper missile system for ELV applications. In 2001, the Bush Administration removed the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty because it “.hinders our government’s ability to develop ways to protect our people from future terrorist or rogue-state missile attacks.” This reinforced PMB Aerospace affiliated companies Corporation’s position.
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