Texas firm sets August 25th, 2018 for the Pathfinder flight of their Reusable Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE).
Spaceport America, NM and Greenville, TX – August 21 st, 2018 – Spaceport 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 significant progress towards launch of their newest vehicle SARGE.
EXOS has completed the design, test and build of their latest platform, received their FAA launch license and completed their final integration and test hovering their rocket like it’s a “lunar lander” (See this amazing tech demo at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p36BZAw0_3g&feature=youtu.be).
A successful Pathfinder test flight of the SARGE reusable system will solidify the company’s plan to use this technology as the design basis of their reusable (first stage) of a 100-200kg 200-400km capable Orbital class vehicle.
“We appreciate that EXOS selected Spaceport America to host their SARGE launches. We are impressed by their innovative, can-do approach. Their success in attracting private funding shows the value of their out-of-the-box thinking and we expect this pathfinder flight to lead to regular commercial launches, facilitating development of an orbit capable vehicle. Spaceport America hopes to host testing of the orbital vehicle components and eventually hosting launch to orbit,” said Daniel Hicks, Spaceport America CEO
“We are excited to enter into the testing phase of our SARGE platform at Spaceport America, and even more excited to reveal our plans for 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 and helping drive space access costs down. The software and technologies we have developed are 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, Intuitive Machine, C-Squared, Helios and XISP Inc.
Join Spaceport America and EXOS via YouTube live during setup and up to launch.
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh2dmwg4BVRAznfQgdhTm7w
Want to know more and have an opportunity to speak with EXOS’s COO in person? Join us at SpaceCom November 27th and 28th in Houston TX. Exos will be participating in The SpaceCom Entrepreneur Summit at this conference.
What’s next for EXOS?
Orbital– Once we achieve a successful test of the SARGE platform, we will move to using the SARGE platform to develop live dynamic condition assessment and prognostics system evaluation programs that will help us predict vehicle RUL (Remaining Useful Life) as a feed forward to reduce risk in our Orbital program”, said John Quinn, EXOS COO. “We have built SARGE to be overly robust until we have sufficient flight data to show us where we can shave off weight-leaving plenty of margin for repeated reuse”. Quinn says Exos designed the rocket system to support up to 200 flights; however they propose to use the Lox Ethanol vehicle as long as its “safe” and ultimately desire to sell the liquid fired rockets to MDA as “hard to acquire” targets as they near end of their economically viable life.
About EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.
EXOS is a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles and recently moved into brand new facilities 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… or, if you are interested in Wet Leasing a SARGE vehicle for an extended research campaign, contact us for more details via the contact us link at www.Exosaero.com. Exos is planning Jaguar reusable first stage Orbital launcher testing to commence by 2020 and are booking payloads now for its 2022 commercial debut.
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 Pipeline2Space and EXOS Aerospace. Visit https://www.spaceportamerica.com for more information.
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