Oklahoman subscribers have access to this article. Unlock it below.What is this? Learn more.
Cut pounds of stomach fat every week by using this 1 weird old tip.
•2001: California-based Rocketplane is one of seven companies nationwide that signs a “gentleman’s agreement” to come to the Oklahoma Spaceport under a new law allowing tax credits for companies investing in Oklahoma’s space industry.
•2003: Rocketplane qualifies for an $18 million tax credit in Oklahoma.
•2004: Rocketplane sells the tax credit and uses the proceeds to set up shop and hire employees. It also releases specifications of its XP spacecraft and says it can take tourists into space by 2006 for just under $100,000 each.
•2005: Rocketplane pushes launch date to 2007 and raises the ticket price to $200,000. Former NASA astronaut John Herrington joins the staff.
•2006: Rocketplane merges with Kistler Aerospace Corp. and receives a $207 million NASA contract to develop a rocket-powered vehicle to reach orbital space. The Oklahoma Spaceport receives approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
•2007: NASA drops its deal with Rocketplane after the company fails to raise enough private funding.
•2008: Herrington resigns as Rocketplane pilot.
•2009: Rocketplane abandons its office at Will Rogers World Airport and relocates to Wisconsin.
•2010: Rocketplane files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Wisconsin, as does CEO George French.
•2011: The remnants of Rocketplane Kistler sell for $25,000 at an auction in Green Bay, Wis.