Two-time shuttle astronaut Sid Gutierrez has always been a skeptic.
As a test pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Gutierrez made a living poking holes in the ideas contractors offered to the military.
“I’m used to debunking solutions people propose,” he said. “Every now and again, someone has an excellent piece of equipment, but I’m always very skeptical.”
So when Gutierrez was approached by startup company Rocket Crafters, he was prepared to find something that the start-up company overlooked.
Rocket Crafters is developing hybrid rockets to lift small satellites — micro and cubesats — into space. They say their rockets will make launches safer, more affordable and more accessible to companies and colleges. They hope to start testing their rockets on the Space Coast this month in partnership with Florida Institute of Technology…