Making space accessible to everyone
Corona ascent, render by @luka_aaaaa on twitter

Corona ascent, render by @luka_aaaaa on twitter


The goal at Eclipse Orbital can be summed up in one sentence: making space affordable and available to everyone. While our launch vehicle won’t get the record of smallest rocket to orbit it will get the record for cheapest, and that is a very important milestone to achieve. With cubesats becoming an ever-growing market it will be crucial to have affordable options for anyone who wants to send a satellite to orbit.

Eclipse Orbital was founded in late 2017 by Joe Zemke. He is currently working with a team of about five people in many fields of expertise, and could always use more help. If you have an interest in aerospace and going to space check our social and contact info for more information on how you could join our growing team!

The Prototype

Our first rocket to fly will be the 16’ prototype, the Umbraphile. Powered by one Umbra hybrid rocket motor, the purpose of this rocket is to promote our project and begin testing certain systems of the full size Corona vehicle. This rocket will be launched in the Nevada desert using parachutes to descend safely to the ground.

The Umbra

The Umbra is our full size engine for the Corona vehicle which will have eight Umbra engines. Each engine has a cast of solid HTPB and a tank of LOX. These stats are subject to change as the design changes.

The Corona

All projects listed are leading up to the Corona vehicle. With two stages that are 85’ in height and 7’ in diameter, this orbital launch vehicle will be the cheapest ride to space and will create a shockwave in the aerospace community. This will be so affordable because the first stage of the Corona is reusable and will be paired with a new second stage for re-flight. Another aspect of our low cost is our manufacturing method: we are partnering with MX3D to 3D print the frame of the rocket at a record-breaking low cost. We will be launching the Corona vehicle from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska in Q3 of 2020.


Our Corona launch vehicle, to be launched in 2020

If you have any questions, or are interested in joining our team, check out our contact page and send us a message!