The K-1 is designed to carry up to 900 kg to low Earth orbit (LEO). Longer term company plans call for a second generation vehicle, the K-2, to come into operation a few years after K-1 with an LEO capacity of around 2,700 kg. Kistler has expressed a desire to build an even larger version, with a 9,000 kg LEO capacity, but these plans are not yet well defined.


E-Aerospace has plans to market a family of launchers based on the solid rocket motors used in the Peacekeeper missile. No further information was available as of this writing.


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