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.

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