Space

Vulcan, through Vulcan Aerospace, is developing projects to shift how the world conceptualizes space travel through cost reduction and on-demand access. Additionally, Vulcan Capital is investing in the commercial space sector.

Inspired by original space heroes like John Glenn and Alan Shepard, Paul G. Allen grew up hoping to one day be an astronaut himself. That early fascination with the new frontier inspired Paul’s significant investments in space travel later in life.

Allen and Vulcan played a key role in forging the new commercial space transportation industry with the investment in SpaceShipOne. The project is considered one of the greatest breakthroughs in the space industry; winning the Ansari X-Prize in 2004. Today, SpaceShipOne is displayed in the Milestones of Flight in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, next to the Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St Louis and the Bell X-1. The success of SpaceShipOne was followed by the emergence of entrepreneurial and private space companies that are now considered serious system providers within the industry.  

The world witnessed the impact that SpaceShipOne had on what is now called NewSpace. Vulcan Aerospace remains committed to the commercialization movement with Stratolaunch.

Providing frequent and reliable access to space is perhaps one of this century’s greatest challenges. Success in the field will expand the economic potential of the high frontier and transport humanity beyond Earth.