New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) officials announced today the launch of a STIG-B rocket designed and built by Armadillo Aerospace of Heath, TX. This launch was the second licensed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launch to take place from Spaceport America’s vertical launch complex, and the third research and development test flight this year at Spaceport America conducted by Armadillo Aerospace. The partially successful launch took place on Saturday November 3, 2012 at 10:26 AM. The STIG-B rocket returned intact to the planned recovery area at the spaceport after not achieving the planned altitude of 100 km. This was a non-public, unpublished event at the request of Armadillo Aerospace, as the company is testing proprietary advanced launch technologies. Armadillo Aerospace is a leading developer of reusable rocket-powered vehicles and plans to provide a platform for civilian access to suborbital space.

Today’s flight was the spaceport’s second FAA-licensed launch, the 7th Armadillo Aerospace vehicle, and the 17th vertical launch from Spaceport America since 2006.

Armadillo Aerospace plans to release additional information on the launch as information becomes available, and updates will be posted online at

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