Press Release

Rocketplane Kistler to Partner with The Connell Whittaker Group, LLC for Life Science and Bioscience Outreach

By SpaceRef Editor
August 11, 2006
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK: AUGUST 10, 2006: Rocketplane Kistler (RpK) has agreed to partner with The Connell Whittaker Group, LLC to reach out to the Science and Research communities. RpK is currently a finalist in NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) competition to provide resupply services to the International Space Station.

George French, RpK’s CEO and Chairman of the Board said, “The nation’s science and research communities have always been constrained by the high cost of launch. RpK’s Rocketplane XP and K-1 launch vehicles will provide the low cost access to space that will enable the nation’s full exploitation of research opportunities there. The Connell Whittaker Group can build the bridge to the research communities.”

The Connell Whittaker Group, LLC has honed its entrepreneurial capabilities for over 20 years in the challenging and visionary worlds of NASA, high-tech corporate finance, and public/private ventures. The Group has extensive reach into space life sciences and space biotechnology.

Kathleen Connell, Principal of The Connell Whittaker Group, LCC said: “One of NASA’s broader goals is to commercialize Low-Earth Orbit and stimulate space enterprise. With RpK we will usher in a new era of reliable and affordable commercial space flight opportunities for microgravity payloads of all kinds. Payloads flown on RpK vehicles will break the barriers to new scientific knowledge, as well as generate economic, medical and other social benefits to humanity.”

Rocketplane Kistler’s K-1 launch system’s hardware is 75% complete, and is scheduled for first flight in 2008. Rocketplane Kistler’s sub-orbital XP Spaceplane is 50% complete, and scheduled for first flight in late 2008.

For information regarding this announcement, contact Angela Brock at 405-488-1200 x 100, or via email:

About Rocketplane Kistler

Rocketplane Kistler (RpK) brings together two industry-leading makers and future operators of the next-generation orbital and suborbital space transportation vehicles. RpK was formed when Kistler Aerospace Corporation and Rocketplane Limited, Inc. were brought under common ownership. RpK markets the services of the fully reusable, two stage Kistler K-1 orbital launch vehicle and the fully reusable, suborbital Rocketplane XP Spaceplane, both of which will be first to fly in their respective markets. Visit the websites for more information:,

About The Connell Whittaker Group, LLC

The Connell Whittaker Group, LLC offers integrative consulting in organizational and leadership strategies, financial analysis and management, innovative concept development, strategic communications, public affairs and advocacy, with a special emphasis on “space solutions of benefit to humanity.”™

SpaceRef staff editor.