Space for Kentucky

Building a Spaceport Part 2: 

Space Vehicles

This meeting focuses on space vehicles that are able to be utilized at horizontal-licensed spaceports.


In PART 2, we discussed:

Suborbital transportation – Oscar Garcia, InterFlight Global Corporation

Sierra Space Tenacity: Space Manufacturing – Christopher Allison, Sierra Space

Merging the world of rockets and aviation – Khaki Rodway, Dawn Aerospace

NASA’s X-59 Quesst Supersonic – Mary Stringer, NASA  



The Space for Kentucky Roundtable is a series of meetings focused on growing the space industry. It is about networking, education, and social support for those who are reaching for the stars. 



Each speaker presents for 10-15 minutes.

Spaceport – PART 2

Many areas cannot have a rocket launch from a spaceport due to population or location. BUT, many of those possible spaceports can can pursue horizontal-launch options. Here are some speakers for vehicles that would use a horizontal-launch spaceport.


Oscar Garcia
Chairman & CEO InterFlight Global Corporation

Oscar Garcia is the founding Partner, Chairman and CEO of InterFlight Global Corporation. His company focuses on senior-level consultancy, board Advisory, and project design in the areas of strategy, enterprise development, finance, sales, and operations.

Oscar is a frequent commentator, presenter, panelist, chairman and consultant to mainstream audio visual media, press as well as aerospace-aeronautics specialized news reporters worldwide. He is often booked to speak in public events, and retained as a conference chairman, panelist and keynote speaker in multiple global aviation and aerospace events.


Christopher Allison
Sr Government Relations Manager at Sierra Space

Christopher Allison is a Sr Government Relations Manager at Sierra Space.  In support of the Dream Chaser® orbital vehicle program, he has served as the Federal Agencies Integration Lead and Landing Site Coordinator.  In recent years, Mr. Allison has represented Sierra Space to the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of State, and Federal launch Ranges coordinating compliance with government requirements and regulations in support of planned Dream Chaser launches and landings. Over his tenure, Mr. Allison has represented Sierra space on several Aviation Rulemaking Committees discussing topics of commercial space regulations and integration into the National Airspace System. He has also served as Chair of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s and AIA’s Regulatory Committees and has advised Sierra Space representation on COMSTAC. 

Khaki Rodway
Spaceplane Sales & Operations Director (USA) Dawn Aerospace

The Mk-II Aurora is Dawn Aerospace’s first entry into the suborbital frontier and the first-stage demonstrator for their two-stage-to-orbit vehicle. The commercial version of this remotely-piloted, reusable rocket plane is designed to fly multiple times a day from a runway.

The Mk-II will take off horizontally, fly a parabolic trajectory at Mach 3+, and glide back to a horizontal landing at the originating site or downrange. The vehicle’s 3U volume can contain and expose payloads in the upper atmosphere. It is a flexible platform with various mission possibilities, including aeronomy, earth observation, education, in-space science, space weather, and technology development.

The Mk-II is the first in a series of vehicles that will merge the world of rockets and aviation to access space in a new way.


X-59 Quesst

Mary Stringer
Airworthiness Certification Lead for X-59 QueSST, Low Boom Flight Demonstrator at NASA Langley Research Center

Quesst is NASA’s mission to demonstrate how the X-59 can fly supersonic without generating loud sonic booms and then survey what people hear when it flies overhead. Reaction to the quieter sonic “thumps” will be shared with regulators who will then consider writing new sound-based rules to lift the ban on faster-than-sound flight over land.