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Starchaser Industries

Starchaser Nova
Starchaser's Nova rocket
A British rocket development company, founded in 1992 by Steve Bennett and based in Hyde, Cheshire. Team Starchaser competed for the Ansari X Prize with a design called Thunderstar/Starchaser 5 until the competition was won SpaceShipOne.

The largest rocket launched by the company so far is the 11-meter high Nova, which reached an altitude of more than 1600 meters over Morecambe Bay in November 2001. Nova is the largest private civilian rocket ever built and flown in Europe. Other rocket series developed by Starchaser Industries include Discovery, Tempest, and Sharp.

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