Charles Pooley, Microlauncher proponent – RIP

Charles Pooley has passed away. He was well known in the NewSpace rocket world for his fervent advocacy of Microlaunchers. These would be relatively small rockets for putting very small payloads into orbit. He believe they would provide

“… a way to make launches become
less expensive
more numerous
more available by a factor of thousands…”

Here is a note distributed by David Livingston, host of The Space Show:

May 4, 2015: The Space Show Has Lost A Good Friend

Dear Listeners and Friends: I am very sorry to announce that we lost a very good Space Show friend and a good personal friend of mine, Charles Pooley. Charles passed away before he could make it to the Space Access Society conference this past weekend. I have no further details at this time. All Space Show programs this week will be in his memory. Next Tuesday, May 12 on Open Lines, we will reserve time for those of you who want to remember Charles by calling or emailing us. Charles will be missed on The Space Show and I for one will miss him very much as a friend.


Dr. David Livingston, Host

A sampling of comments:


  • GeorgeWilliamHerbert on Twitter:
    • Old acquaintance and space enthusiast Charles Pooley aka @Microlaunchers passed away recently; we are sad to see him go. He kept pushing.
  • Jason Carr on Twitter:
    • Sad news. I interviewed Charles back in 2012 for my blog. He was truly a visionary and will be missed. 
  • Paul Breed on Twitter:
    • RIP Charles Pooley. He was a friend and talented engineer that contributed in a big way to my llc efforts. I know no additional details.
  • Ben Brockert on Twitter:
    • Got word that Charles Pooley died. He was an interesting and persistent character with big ideas for small space launch.
  • Jonathan A. Goff on Twitter:
    • He helped me with the electronics for an experiment for my Master’s Thesis (had to finish it while at Masten). He’ll be missed.



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