Space – the next frontier for investors
Starfighters Space is poised to service one of the largest growing economies.
Over the past several decades, space and satellite technology has become the invisible foundation of our digital world.
Supersonic, high altitude satellite launch from a proven reusable piloted platform via an equally well-established launch vehicle.
Starfighters Space operates the world’s only fleet of commercially flight-ready F-104 supersonic aircraft capable of air-launches at MACH 2 from approximately 45,000 feet.
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Flight operations are located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Starfighters currently serves global multinational customers including Lockheed Martin, GE, Innoveering, Meggitt, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
Starfighters Space initially targets sub-orbital launches (approx 100km) of small satellites from its F-104 fleet using a specialized air-launch rocket named SILA I.
Starfighters’ next generation SILA II will increase propulsion thrust by 49% – offering air-launched small satellite delivery to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) approx. +160km.
$54.2B projected small satellite industry market value by 2030 (Euroconsult Research).
Multiple revenue streams exist in addition to satellite launches:
Competitively Priced,Unique Capabilities
Other companies offer launch, but none offer the capabilities and price of Starfighters Space
NASA and DoD Range partnerships gain airspace priority over other FAA users
Current growth in the small-sat market based on backlog of ~2000 payloads waiting for launch
Hypersonic rocket R&D development platform for national defense and other users
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Acquire grants, awards, and contracts through NSA, NASA, FAA, NRO, DARPA, Air Force Research Laboratory, and others
NASA and DoD range partnerships to get priority in airspace over FAA users
Currently exponential growth in the small-sat market with a backlog of ~2000 payloads waiting for launch
Hypersonic missile development
Acquire through Air Force Research Laboratory Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants and contracts
Rick, a former US Navy pilot, is the President and CEO of Starfighters. After leaving the Navy, he served as a Captain at Continental Airlines (now United), where he flew the B727, MD80, B757, and B767. Shortly after starting with Continental, Rick purchased an F-104 and began flying at air shows. He then acquired a fleet of the jets for a three-aircraft Starfighters Demonstration team. Ultimately, he envisioned this F-104 fleet as the core asset of a small, fast reacting aerospace company for a wide range of missions.
Piero is the Director of Flight Operations at Starfighters. He is a former Italian Air Force pilot who flew multiple fighter jet types and served as the Training Supervisor and Aerobatic Instructor at the “Frecce Tricolori” Italian National Aerobatic Team, where he flew all eight positions of the 10 aircraft formation for 7+ years. Piero has a wealth of experience in creating and managing flight and R&D projects, including custom modifications of aeronautical parts, experimental hardware design, integration, and videography.
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Co-Founder & CEO
Director of Development
Director of Flight Operations
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