Rocketplane president resigns 

Another top official with Oklahoma City-based Rocketplane has left the company.

 

Rocketplane president Randy Brinkley resigned and has been replaced by a member of the company's board of directors, according to a report by Space News, which wrote that Brinkley sent NASA a seven-page letter blaming the space agency for Rocketplane's financial troubles.

 

Brinkley is the latest in a string of high-level departures from Rocketplane. Earlier this year, Chief Engineer David Urie and Chief of Staff Bob Seto quit the Oklahoma company.

 

NASA spokeswoman Melissa Mathews said Oct. 3 that the agency had not yet made a decision to terminate RpK's agreement.

 

PROBLEMS

For most of this year, Rocketplane - which received an $18 million tax credit from the state to help build a spaceship for passenger service - has been hit with bad news. Last month, NASA informed company officials it was taking steps to terminate a $207 million contract it had awarded Rocketplane a year ago.

 

Last month, NASA informed company officials it was taking steps to terminate a $207 million contract NASA awarded Rocketplane a year ago.

 

Also, a marketing firm in Illinois filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Rocketplane for breach of contract, claiming Rocketplane officials have stopped building and raising money for the spaceship. The Illinois firm had a contract with Rocketplane to sell and promote space flights. -Scott Cooper

 

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Rocketplane lays off manager, seeks $500 million
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Texas rocket leaves Oklahoma soil, returns 
Rocketplane beat to launch by Texas company 
Another rocket company ready to do business with state
Rocketplane begins staff layoffs

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