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USC Viterbi School of Engineering Rocket Propulsion Lab Believed to Have Broken Record

Rocket recorded an altitude in excess of 328,000 feet at apogee

Spaceport America, NM–May 22, 2019Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Rocket Propulsion Lab announced with a high degree of certainty a record-breaking rocket launch took place from Spaceport America’s Vertical Launch Complex-1 on the East Campus in New Mexico on April 21, 2019. USC’s team is the first university team to launch a rocket that reached the Kármán Line.

USC Traveler IV

USC students and Alumni cheered alongside Spaceport America crewmembers as the Traveler IV rocket soared past the previously held apogee to bring back the Spaceport America Student Rocket record to USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

“Spaceport America (SA) personnel have reviewed the methodology whereby University of Southern California Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (USC RPL) students analyzed performance data and estimated the apogee altitude of their Traveler IV rocket that was flown at SA on April 21, 2019,” said Dr. Bill Gutman, Spaceport America Director of Aerospace Operations. “SA believes that the methodology is sound and objective. In fact, RPL has offered to make their data available to other groups who may want to perform their own analyses. Spaceport America believes that, with a high level of confidence, USC RPL is the first student rocket team to have reached the Kármán Line with a student designed and constructed vehicle, and we congratulate them accordingly.”

“The USC RPL student team continues to excel with their ingenuity, energy and ambition. Consisting entirely of undergraduate students from many engineering majors, the team has reached another milestone in their history. They are a great promise for the important roles they will surely play in space travel and exploration in the future,” said Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Anaysis indicates that the USC Traveler IV reached an altitude of 103 km (64 miles) as indicated by analysis of on-board accelerometer data, with independent corroboration using the onboard barometric pressure readings during descent.

About USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, the Viterbi School of Engineering received a naming gift in 2004 from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. One of the school’s guiding principles is engineering +, a coined termed by current Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, to use the power of engineering to address the world’s greatest challenges. USC Viterbi is ranked among the top graduate programs in the world and enrolls more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students taught by 188 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 96 endowed chairs and professorships. http://viterbi.usc.edu/

About Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, HyperSciences, EXOS Aerospace, and SpinLaunch. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com for more information.Visit http://spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information. Spaceport America is #NewMexicoTRUE.

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Sir Richard Branson Announces Virgin Galactic Move to Spaceport America this Summer, as Company Readies for Commercial Service

Richard Branson announces Virgin Galactic's move to New Mexico

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO (May 10, 2019) — At a press conference today at the New Mexico State Capitol Building in Santa Fe, hosted by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimise schooling disruption for families.

Virgin Galactic partnered with New Mexico in an agreement which saw the state complete construction of Spaceport America, the world’s first, purpose-built commercial spaceport, and Virgin Galactic committing to center its commercial spaceflight activities at the facilities once its vehicles and operations were ready for service.

This announcement signals the final countdown to a regular commercial spaceflight service for paying passengers and science research from Spaceport America. It follows the great progress in operational readiness at Spaceport, including the completion of the hanger, offices, fuel farm, warehouse and antenna for telemetry and communications, as well as interior fit-out. It also positions New Mexico on the frontline of technological innovation and, as one of the very few places on Earth that plays host to regular human spaceflight launches, a magnet for inward investment.

Virgin Galactic will reposition its space system consisting of carrier aircraft VMS Eve and spaceship VSS Unity from Mojave, California to Spaceport America over the summer months once cabin interior and other work has been completed by Virgin Galactic’s sister manufacturing organisation, The Spaceship Company (TSC). It will complete its final test flights from New Mexico for commencing a full commercial service for passengers and research payload. TSC will remain based in Mojave where it will continue building Virgin Galactic’s planned fleet of SpaceShipTwo and carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo vehicles.

Commenting on the announcement, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said: “Virgin Galactic’s announcement today is an incredibly exciting development for both our state’s economic future and the future of aerospace in general.  With these workers here and with these plans firmly in place, I’m certain New Mexico will serve as the launchpad for the rapid industry growth we’ve been expecting for so many years. Today marks the beginning of the next chapter of aerospace in New Mexico.”​

Sir Richard Branson said: “Our Virgin Galactic adventure has been intertwined with New Mexico and Spaceport America right from the start and our stories have unfolded together. New Mexico delivered on its promise to build a world-first and world-class spaceport. Today, I could not be more excited to announce, that in return, we are now ready to bring New Mexico a world-first, world-class spaceline. Virgin Galactic is coming home to New Mexico where together we will open space to change the world for good.”

George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company said: “The first photograph of Earth from space was taken over New Mexico in October of 1946.  How inspiring and appropriate that the state will soon host the first regular commercial spaceflight service, which will enable thousands of people to see Earth from space with their own eyes.  We are deeply grateful to the citizens and leadership of New Mexico for having the vision to create a better future for their children and all of humanity.”

Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America added, “Going to space and exploring the universe is a team effort.  It takes strong partnerships that are courageous and also vulnerable.  Sir Richard’s visionary leadership to take meaningful risks along with New Mexico leadership’s far-sighted commitment – epitomizes the successful partnerships that are truly needed for the space industry.  I and the rest of the Spaceport America staff are extremely excited to support Virgin Galactic’s continued growth and future success here in New Mexico.”

Virgin Galactic is the world’s first commercial spaceline. Founded by Sir Richard Branson and owned by the Virgin Group and Mubadala Investment Company, Virgin Galactic will transform access to space for the benefit of life on Earth. To date, over 600 men and women from over 50 countries—greater than the total number of humans who have ever been to space—have reserved places to fly on Virgin Galactic’s reusable space launch system, consisting of carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo and spacecraft SpaceShipTwo. SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo are manufactured and tested in Mojave, California by its manufacturing partner, The Spaceship Company (TSC). Spaceflight operations will be based at Spaceport America in New Mexico, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. 

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is Virgin Galactic’s space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Its team of talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.

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SpinLaunch Breaks Ground for New Test Facility at Spaceport America

SPACEPORT AMERICA, NEW MEXICO (May 7, 2019) —  Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, and SpinLaunch, an innovative new space company revolutionizing access to space, today celebrated the ground-breaking of SpinLaunch’s future test facility at Spaceport America.

Attending the groundbreaking ceremony was Dan Hicks, CEO, Spaceport America, Alicia Keyes, Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development for the State of New Mexico, and Jonathan Yaney, founder and CEO of SpinLaunch, among New Mexico government and business leaders, and students from area universities.

In January, Spaceport America announced a new lease agreement that will facilitate testing for the new launch company. The new agreement enables SpinLaunch to develop a $7 million construction project, adding 20 new jobs in New Mexico at the Spaceport.

SpinLaunch, which was founded in 2014, and last year announced a $40 million Series A financing round funded by Airbus Ventures, Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins, is developing disruptive launch technology with an environmentally responsible kinetic energy-based launch system that will provide the world’s lowest-cost orbital launch services for the rapidly growing small satellite industry. The responsive launch system will allow for on-demand launches of small satellites in virtually any weather at an order of magnitude lower cost and higher frequency than any existing or proposed launch system.

“We are excited to be developing our first flight test site at Spaceport America,” remarked Jonathan Yaney, CEO, SpinLaunch. “The state of New Mexico historically has been the genesis of innovation in aerospace going back to the early days of rocketry and we are proud to continue this tradition. The commercial space market is expected to grow to a trillion dollar industry within the decade and this new agreement with Spaceport America will expedite our ability to service that emerging market.”

“I’m excited to welcome an innovative company like SpinLaunch to our state,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Aerospace has tremendous potential as an economic driver, and any step we take that encourages the growth of an industry that can put New Mexicans to work and catalyze our local communities is a very positive development.”

“The citizens of New Mexico have supported Spaceport America to enable a new revolution in space systems,” said Dan Hicks, CEO, Spaceport America. “SpinLaunch, with its new configuration to employ kinetic energy, is truly one of the most exciting new ventures to enter the space industry and we are excited to be part of their growth – and in turn enable the growth of the small satellite market.”

“In New Mexico space is not the final frontier, it’s the next frontier,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “We have the facility, we have the talent and we have the air space, to grow the aerospace industry and be a permanent home to SpinLaunch and other companies.”

SpinLaunch is reimagining space launch by revisiting fundamental physics and leveraging proven industrial technologies to create a system that accelerates the launch vehicle to hypersonic speeds using ground-based energy. Applying the initial performance boost from a terrestrial-based launch platform will enable the company to provide a substantially lower cost launch to orbit, multiple times per day.

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, HyperSciences, EXOS Aerospace, and SpinLaunch. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com for more information.

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New Mexico Tech Students Launch Experimental Rocket

Spaceport America, NM – April 13, 2019 – On Saturday, April 13 at 8:19 AM MDT, The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) Rocket Team launched the latest of its student rockets from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area. The rocket was developed jointly by NMT and White Sands Research and Developers (WSRDs), a Las Cruces certified Woman Owned Small Business specialized in aerospace R&D. Measuring 11 feet long by 6.1 inches in diameter, the mission was similar to last year’s with the rocket reaching an altitude of approximately 23,500 ft MSL and a speed of Mach 1.2. The Mustang VI-BX mission was the first Mustang mission designed around an eXperiment. The 6BX flew with an all-aluminum nosetip that formed the business end of an innovative airspeed and angle-of-attack sensor that was designed and built by the students. Wind tunnel testing was performed pre-mission to calibrate the instrument and students will be busy post-mssion analyzing the data they collected during the flight.

Students working on the project consisted primarily of junior and senior students from NMT’s Design Clinic courses. NMT’s students have been building and flying rockets as part of the Design Clinic since 2012. They have partnered with WSRDs since 2014, and on the Mustang rocket since 2016. These students developed most of the Mustang’s on-board systems including the separation, recovery, and data acquisition systems. WSRDs developed the aerodynamic components including the aero-shell, nosecone, and fins. The Mustang 6BX is the third Mustang to fly, and everyone who has seen a Mustang launch has commented on how perfectly straight the rocket flies. “That’s because the Mustang’s shape was designed to reach Space,” says Dr. Jaramillo, Technical Director of WSRDs. “But the rocket is just a part of the mission.” he adds. “One of our main objectives in working with NMT students is to introduce them to professional launch operations.” Echoing the sentiments of Dr. Gutman, Spaceport America’s Technical Director, Dr. Jaramillo added, “NMT’s 2015 operation was impressive and professional, but every year they have improved. Today, NMT students demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and operational prowess. What is all the more impressive is that they pull it off at zero dark thirty.”

Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. Michael Hargather, the New Mexico Tech faculty advisor for the Rocket Team, said, “The students put in months of preparation to succeed on mission day; and when you watch them execute and respond to unforeseen challenges, you know they have done their homework. We greatly appreciate the support from Spaceport America and White Sands Research and Developers. With each launch, we learn a little more about all the hard work they do behind the scenes to help us succeed on launch day.”

Mechanical engineering student and rocket team co-lead James Nolan said, “The team performed very well, and everyone worked together to make sure the launch went smoothly. We look forward to launching with WSRDs again!”

At the end of hot wash, Dr. Christina Lohn, President of WSRDs, thanked the NMT students, Dr. Hargather, WSRDs’ launch crew, NMSA, and NMSA’s protective service contractor for their support. She handed out a mission patch commemorating the Mustang-6BX launch. Of the process the NMT students went through, Dr. Lohn had this to say. “When we read about launches from other universities, it’s all about the rocket. In the real world, it’s all about the mission, and the rocket is just one part of the mission. New Mexico Tech is the only university that offers a broader, real-world perspective and gives students the opportunity to experience it first hand. NMT students have to toe the line with requirements from both WSRDs and the NMT faculty. We commemorate each NMT mission with a mission patch precisely because, by the time the students get to launch day, they’ve already earned it.”

Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America, said, “I congratulate the Tech students and Dr. Hargather on their success. I would also like to congratulate WSRDs for mentoring the students, and leading by example with world-class operational and technical excellence. The partnership with Spaceport America has resulted in five launches with each being more ambitious or more technically advanced than the previous. These students will be fine additions to America’s aerospace workforce.”

About Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, EnergeticX and EXOS Aerospace. Visit https://www.spaceportamerica.com for more information.

Media Contact for Spaceport America

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Spaceport America

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Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc. announces first SARGE Reuse “Mission 1” Test Launch at Spaceport America

Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc. announces first SARGE Reuse “Mission 1” Test Launch at Spaceport America 

Texas firms March 2nd, 2019 reuse flight (Mission 1) of their Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (SRLV) success.

Spaceport America, NM and Greenville, TX – March 6th 2019Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport and Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles based in Greenville, Texas, announce “another successful test flight.”

Exos completed the Pathfinder Launch on August 25th 2018 from Spaceport America.  It was the first step in validating the SARGE SRLV that was flown and recovered for reuse. Exos Aerospace gathered critical flight data that enabled advancing the design and setting them up for continued reuse of their SARGE vehicle.  See the YouTube video recaps of the Pathfinder and reuse Mission 1 launch day at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh2dmwg4BVRAznfQgdhTm7

The “Mission 1” test flight of the SARGE reusable system carried commercial payloads flown under the programs listed below. The successful launch further solidified the company’s plan to use this technology as the design basis of their Jaguar orbital launch vehicle with reusable first stage capable of carrying 100kg to Low Earth Orbit (200-400km).

Flight programs and associated payloads that were on the March 2nd 2019 flight:

SPACEedu…                  Help your school fund, build, fly and reuse CubeSat projects for their S.T.E.M. research programs. Having already flown for many schools Exos is literally taking education to a higher level.  P1. Arete’ Greater Nanticoke Area Trojans (space thermal energy transfer experiment).

SPACEbuild…                Test or manufacture in space aboard an Exos vehicle for premium exposure to space flight conditions. The reduced cost of suborbital flights makes it a preferred risk mitigation step for qualifying orbital payloads. P2. NASA (Vibration Damper – TRL advancement),  P3. University of Central Florida (Dust Aggregation experiment – SPACE-2 NASA REDDI Payload), P4. Agronautics, LLC (Space hops & grain), P5. SOLGW (memorabilia) P7 Purdue University (PREFER) Space and Payload Atmospheric recording system.

SPACEaid…                   Perform breakthrough medical research by leveraging the ability to test in the microgravity and vacuum of space.  With Exos we can return your payload within minutes of landing.  Our soft (5G) launch and fin stabilization means a gentle ride for your payload requiring less effort in payload design over other commercial launch options.  P6. Center for Applied Space Technologies (Sponsoring Mayo Clinic for two “BRIC66” payloads performing cell research)

* Ejected payloads have a >60day (normal lead-time) as Exos Aerospace has to license the payload ejection your and your payload/recovery system must meet FAA/AST safety requirements.

Flight Summary- The payloads were loaded and the vehicle took to the air in the first half of the two hour and forty minute launch window. The three primary upgrades implemented since the Pathfinder 1 flight were validated in flight, dramatically improving the SARGE systems capabilities.  The flight aborted early (at about 65,000 feet) having reached the max IIP limit, further proving the autonomous control system capability.  While this flight liftoff was dramatically better than the Pathfinder flight, the gimbal control tuning will be the primary targeted opportunity before the next flight. The reusable vehicle deployed its drogue on cue, and started its decent back to earth.  Just as SARGE came through the clouds the canopy deployed to start its flight back to the landing zone.  The vehicle fought the elevated grounds winds to land well within the 7km safety circle and set down about 1.2km due east of its launch point.  Since SARGE did not make its 80km target altitude, but given the soft landing, Exos will return the payloads to their customers for analysis and upgrade before re-flight. “This was a great test. Any flight where Exos and its payload customers can walk away with another set of data and an intact vehicle/payload makes for a “good day”. This flight builds on the evolution of reusable capabilities that will ultimately drive costs down for access to space” said John Quinn Exos COO

 

What’s next for Exos Aerospace? 

Shift to commercial operations– “We look forward to supporting space research, manufacturing, and educational opportunity for the world by providing frequent suborbital flights that provide fast and affordable access to space. Since the 36-foot tall 20-inch diameter SARGE rocket has now officially demonstrated its reusable capability, it is proving to be an excellent risk mitigation platform and template for evolving our orbital technology development program.  The software and technology we have developed is key to design of the reusable first stage of our planned Jaguar LEO vehicle”.

Focus on STEM Education- Exos has a vision for taking our National Science Fair to space.  With the capability to host up to fifty 1U payloads per flight we have a goal to take each states winning Science Fair CubeSat to space and then return the experiments back to the winning schools.  Exos plans to apply to the NASA REDDI program to fund the inaugural “National Science Fair” flight. Are you interested in developing space payloads as part of your school or state’s Science Fair competition? Contact us at support@exosaero.com.

“We are extremely happy for Exos Aerospace in their recent success and we congratulate them as a privately funded commercial space company and its growth into New Mexico as these tests bring them closer to routine and regular launches of its SARGE vehicle,” said Daniel Hicks, Spaceport America CEO.

 

About Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.

Exos Aerospace is a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles based in Greenville, Texas. Exos provides affordable, repeatable, and reliable commercial spaceflight with accelerated turnaround. Our payload customers are those who want to “fly now,” rather than a year from now, need minutes of micro G time, and prompt access to their payload. Exos is booking payloads now on its SARGE vehicle and has SPACEavailable…

About Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, United Launch Alliance, Boeing, UP Aerospace, EnergeticX and Exos Aerospace.. Visit https://www.spaceportamerica.com for more information.

 

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Spaceport America
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EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc. announces first SARGE Reuse Mission 1 Test Launch date at Spaceport America

Texas firm sets March 2nd, 2019 for the first reuse flight (Mission 1) of their Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (SRLV)

Spaceport America, NM and Greenville, TX – February 21, 2019Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles based in Greenville, Texas, announce “It’s time to fly SARGE again”.

EXOS completed their Pathfinder Launch on August 25th 2018 from Spaceport America.  It was a day to remember as years of effort developing the SARGE SRLV that was flown and recovered to fly another mission. EXOS gathered critical flight data that enabled advancing the design and setting them up for continued reuse of their SARGE vehicle.  See the YouTube video recaps of the day at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh2dmwg4BVRAznfQgdhTm7w

The “Mission 1” test flight of the SARGE reusable system will carry the commercial payloads listed by flight program below. A successful launch will further solidify the company’s plan to use this technology as the design basis of their Jaguar reusable (first stage) launch vehicle capable of carrying 100kg to Low Earth Orbit (200-400km).

Flight programs (P1-P6) and associated payloads on the scheduled March 2nd 2019 flight:

SPACEedu…                  Help your school fund, build, fly and reuse CubeSat projects for their S.T.E.M. research programs. Having already flown for many schools EXOS is literally taking education to a higher level.  P1. Arete’ Greater Nanticoke Area Trojans (space thermal energy transfer experiment).

SPACEbuild…                Test or manufacture in space aboard an EXOS vehicle for premium exposure to space flight conditions. The reduced cost of suborbital flights makes it a preferred risk mitigation step for qualifying orbital payloads. P2. NASA (Vibration Damper – TRL advancement), P3. University of Central Florida (Dust Aggregation experiment – SPACE-2 NASA REDDI Payload), P4. Agronautics, LLC (Space hops & grain), P5. Sons Of Liberty Gun Works (memorabilia)

SPACEaid…                   Perform breakthrough medical research by leveraging the ability to test in the microgravity and vacuum of space.  With EXOS we can return your payload within minutes of landing.  Our soft (5G) launch and fin stabilization means a gentle ride for your payload requiring less effort in payload design over other commercial launch options.  P6. Center for Applied Space Technologies (Sponsoring Mayo Clinic for two “BRIC66” payloads performing biomedical cell research)

Note:  Ejected payloads have a >60day (normal lead-time).  EXOS must license the payload ejection for customer payload/recovery systems to meet for FAA/AST safety requirements.

 

What’s next for EXOS Aerospace? 

Shift to commercial operations– “With a successful flight we will leave the testing phase, and focus on engineering of our Jaguar reusable (first stage) LEO launcher” said John Quinn EXOS COO. “We look forward to enabling space research, manufacturing, and educational opportunity for the world by providing frequent suborbital flights that provide fast and affordable access to Space. Since the 36-foot tall 20-inch diameter SARGE rocket is designed for reusability, it is proving to be an excellent risk mitigation platform for our orbital technology development program.  The software and technology we have developed is key to development of the reusable first stage of our planned Jaguar vehicle”. SARGE and Jaguar will use NASA’s Morpheus flight code (acquired through a Space Act Agreement) that was modified by a team of scientists from EXOS Aerospace, Intuitive Machine, C-Squared, Helios and XISP Inc.

Focus on STEM Education-  EXOS has a vision for taking our National Science Fair to space.  With the capability to host up to fifty 1U payloads per flight we have a goal to take each states winning Science Fair CubeSat to space and then return the experiments back to the winning schools.  EXOS plans to apply to the NASA REDDI program to fund the inaugural “National Science Fair” flight. Interested in developing space payloads as part of your states Science Fair? Contact us at support@EXOSaero.com.

“It is great to see such an innovative and  privately funded company planning expansion to reusable LEO capability after successfully launching the EXOS SARGE vehicle at Spaceport America,” said Daniel Hicks, Spaceport America CEO. “A successful reusable launch vehicle brings them one step closer to regular commercial suborbital launches, and ultimately tenancy for planned O&M activities in New Mexico. Spaceport America wishes EXOS the best as they forge forward with the potential to create even more new high tech jobs in New Mexico than initially expected under this contract”.

 

About EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.

EXOS is a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles and is based in Greenville, Texas. EXOS provides affordable, repeatable, and reliable commercial spaceflight with accelerated turnaround. Our payload customers are those who want to “fly now,” rather than a year from now, need minutes of microgravity time, and prompt access to their payload. EXOS is booking payloads now on its SARGE vehicle and has SPACE available… or, if interested in Wet Leasing a SARGE vehicle to reduce costs for an extended research campaign, contact us for more details via the contact us link at www.EXOSaero.com. EXOS is planning the Jaguar testing to commence by 2022 and we’re ready to book your 100kg or less LEO payload now.

About Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, UP Aerospace, EnergeticX and EXOS. Visit https://www.spaceportamerica.com for more information.

 

Media Contact for Spaceport America 
Media Contact for EXOS
Rosa Banuelos
Spaceport America
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media@spaceportamerica.com

Media Contact for EXOS
Admin@EXOSaero.com
EXOS
+1.844.289.2773
Admin@EXOSaero.com