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Southern Road Ribbon Cutting RSVP – Reception

Join us for the RIBBON Launching Ceremony at Spaceport America to celebrate the official opening of the Southern Road.

“Our Road to Success”

October 19, 2018

Planned activities:

7:45 am  |  Vehicles can begin arriving for ceremonial drive at the pull out parking area
Location: I25 and Upham parking pull off
8:15 am  |  Opening Comments: Spaceport America and State of New Mexico Leaders
8:30 am  |  Upham Exit and I25: Ceremonial Drive Departure
9:00 am  |  Arrival at mile marker 24 of the Southern Road and the entrance of Spaceport America
9:15 am  |  Spaceport America and State Leaders: Welcome to the Southern Road and Spaceport America
9:30 am  |  Ribbon Launching officially the opening of the Southern Road commemorating

10:30 am| Spaceport America Reception – Sponsored by Virgin Galactic

*Schedule subject to change

*Space is limited, to insure a safe event please RSVP

Southern Road Ribbon Cutting RSVP - Reception

Southern Road Ribbon Cutting RSVP

Join us for the RIBBON Launching Ceremony at Spaceport America to celebrate the official opening of the Southern Road.

“Our Road to Success”

October 19, 2018

Planned activities:

7:45 am  |  Vehicles can begin arriving for ceremonial drive at the pull out parking area
Location: I25 and Upham parking pull off
8:15 am  |  Opening Comments: Spaceport America and State of New Mexico Leaders
8:30 am  |  Upham Exit and I25: Ceremonial Drive Departure
9:00 am  |  Arrival at mile marker 24 of the Southern Road and the entrance of Spaceport America
9:15 am  |  Spaceport America and State Leaders: Welcome to the Southern Road and Spaceport America
9:30 am  |  Ribbon Launching officially the opening of the Southern Road commemorating

 

*Schedule subject to change

*Space is limited, to insure a safe event please RSVP

Southern Road Ribbon Cutting RSVP

NASA Invites Media to Suborbital Launch of New Heat Shield Tech from Spaceport America

NASA Media Advisory

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Armstrong Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523
Phone  661-276-3449
FAX     661-276-3167

 

 

RELEASE 18-MA

Sept. 7, 2018

NASA Invites Media to Suborbital Launch of New Heat Shield Tech from Spaceport America

Previous launch of UP Aerospace’s SpaceLoft rocket from Spaceport America in New Mexico in 2013.

NASA invites media to view UP Aerospace’s SpaceLoft suborbital rocket launch on Sept. 12 carrying the agency’s Adaptable Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT)

project. Once the rocket reaches space, the umbrella-like heat shield will eject and deploy to test the planetary entry technology.

Media interested in covering the UP Aerospace launch must contact Spaceport America’s Rosa Bañuelos via email or at 575-202-4524 by 6 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10 to receive a press kit and instructions for attending the launch at Spaceport America’s Vertical Launch Area in New Mexico. NASA experts will be available for media interviews at Spaceport America on Sept. 12.

After launching into space in 2015, UP Aerospace’s rocket ejected NASA’s Maraia capsule

In addition to ADEPT, the launch will test two other NASA technologies, including the Autonomous Flight Termination System for launch vehicles and a system that measures the internal environment of suborbital vehicles carrying experiments.

These payload flight tests were funded by the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s (STMD) Flight Opportunities program, managed at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. ADEPT was funded by STMD’s Game Changing Development program and was designed and built by NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Through both programs, NASA supports promising technologies from government, industry and academia for development and/or testing.

For more about Armstrong, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/armstrong

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For more information about NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, contact:

Leslie Williams
Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
661-276-3893
leslie.a.williams@nasa.gov

 

For more information about ADEPT, contact:
Gina Figliozzi
Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, Calif.
650-203-3640
gianine.figliozzi@nasa.gov

EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc. Announces Successful Pathfinder Test from Spaceport America

 

Texas firm reports a successful August 25th, 2018 Pathfinder flight of their Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) vehicle that makes SPACEavailable…

 

Spaceport America, NM and Greenville, TX – September 4, 2018Spaceport 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 a successful test launch of their newest vehicle, SARGE.

EXOS is pleased to announce completion of the first test flight their SARGE vehicle. The rocket reached an altitude of approximately 28 km. Launch and recovery took place at Spaceport America on August 25th, 2018. The rocket carried nine payloads. The flight demonstrated the SARGE system’s reusability when the vehicle was recovered with damage only to sacrificial components. The test also demonstrated the capability of the autonomous control system and validated the preflight vehicle integration process. The nine payloads included:

Payload 1: ASTRAX International – Memorabilia and collectables
Payload 2: PURDUE University – four-tray custom Cubesat Rack Mounting System
Payload 3: PURDUE University – PREFER- Atmospheric monitoring experiment
Payload 4: Johnny Ireland and Brenda Ferdinando- Cancer Survivor Memorabilia
Payload 5: Arete – Greater Nanticoke Area Heat Transfer Experiment
Payload 6: Space Kidz India-An 800 gram 1U package containing: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Pressure Monitor, Humidity Monitor, Luminosity Sensor, RGB Spectrum Analyzer, UV Spectrum Analyzer IR Thermopile Sensor, Hall effect  Sensor, Current/voltage Sensor, Sound wave Analyzer, High Accuracy Temperature Sensor, On-Board Video Recorder, On-Board TTL Camera, Ocimum tenuiflorum Seeds, Human DNA, Human RBC & WBC Microorganism, Custom built Cube sat Structure SKISAT OS, New kind of OBC, Secondary Backup OBC, Dust Sensor, Scintillation Counter, Nano Optoelectric Generator
Payload 7: Enterprise in Space Research cubesat, gum, seeds, post it notes
Payload 8: Center for Applied Space Technologies CAST-Mayo Space Medicine Tech. Test bed
Payload 9: Exos Round 1 Investor Dog Tags

EXOS is proud to announce their new Jaguar vehicle, which is based on SARGE technology. It is two-stage vehicle designed to carry 100 kg to altitudes of 200-400 km. The first stage will be a reusable, scaled-up version of the SARGE platform. Continuing suborbital flights of SARGE will be used to improve reusability of components by expanding both EXOS’s predictive and diagnostic technologies, thereby facilitating risk mitigation.

“It was great to host the successful test launch of the EXOS SARGE vehicle at Spaceport America. EXOS has checked-off another milestone on their path to develop a reusable LEO launcher,” said Dan Hicks, Spaceport America CEO. “This successful Pathfinder flight test brings them one step closer to regular commercial suborbital launches. We look forward to their next flight, and to working with them to achieve their longer term goals at Spaceport America.”

“We are excited to announce the successful test of our SARGE platform at Spaceport America, and even more excited to know that the risk mitigation phase that supports our goal of building a reusable first stage orbital platform is at a culmination point. The SARGE platform will now receive its final flight modifications, and start to provide data critical to building a reliable reusable (first stage) LEO launcher”, said John Quinn, EXOS COO. “We look forward to enabling space research, manufacturing, and providing educational opportunities for the world by conducting frequent suborbital flights. This will demonstrate fast and affordable access to space and provide data critical to evolving the way reusability can be achieved.  The predictive and diagnostic software and technologies we are able to develop with the data from frequent suborbital flights will shape the way we reduce costs for dedicated LEO launchers in the future.”  Check out videos that are and will be posted in the coming weeks (as we complete the processing) at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh2dmwg4BVRAznfQgdhTm7w

Exos Aerospace will be hiring new team members to assist in the development of the new vehicles soon.  If you want an opportunity to work with a cutting edge hands-on team, please send your resume to info@exosaero.com.

 

 

What’s next for Exos? 

“Now that we have achieved a successful flight and recovery of the SARGE platform, EXOS will use the data from this flight to validate modeled performance and fine tune the vehicle for a NASA IDIQ qualification flight for the SARGE platform.  The next flight will carry a NASA REDDI payload to space as well as several other biomedical research and educational payloads.  In parallel, EXOS will continue developing live dynamic condition assessment and predictive system evaluation programs that will help us predict vehicle Remaining Useful Life applications for our orbital vehicle JAGUAR”, said John Quinn, EXOS COO.

“We have built SARGE to be overly robust until we have enough flight data to show us where we can shave off weight safely leaving plenty of margin for repeated reuse.” Quinn says.

EXOS has designed the rocket system to support up to 200 flights, however they propose to use the Lox/Ethanol vehicle as long as it’s “safe” and ultimately desire to sell the liquid fired rockets to Missile Defense Agency as “hard to acquire” targets as they near the end of their economic life.

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.

About EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.

EXOS is a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles and its suborbital operations is based out of its brand-new facility in Greenville, Texas. Exos has commenced evaluation of sites for our LEO expansion and is also evaluating funding options for our next few “growth phases”.

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, or are interested in pre-booking on our Jaguar vehicle for your 100-200KG LEO payloads, contact us for more details via the “contact us” link at www.Exosaero.com.

Exos is planning Jaguar Reusable first stage Orbital booster testing to commence by 2020, with commercial orbital operations by 2022.

 

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 runway, and 340 days of good weather with 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 http://spaceportamerica.com for more information.

 

Media Contact for Spaceport America
Rosa Banuelos
Spaceport America
+1.575.202.4524
rosa.banuelos@spaceportamerica.com

Media Contact for EXOS
Lizi Gregory
EXOS
+1.844.289.2773
LGregory@EXOSaero.com

EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc. announces Launch from Spaceport America

 

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, 2018Spaceport 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-boxmthinking 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 http://spaceportamerica.com for more information.

 

 

Media Contact for Spaceport America
Rosa Bañuelos
Spaceport America
+1.575.202.4524
media@spaceportamerica.com

Media Contact for EXOS
Lizi Gregory
EXOS
+1.844.289.2773
LGregory@EXOSaero.com

 

Canadian Team Takes Home the 2nd Annual Spaceport America Cup

Spaceport America, NM– June 25, 2018Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport  and the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA), announced McGill University as the Champion of the 2nd Annual Spaceport America Cup. McGill University is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and was chosen from a group of notable category champions to receive the honor.

The Spaceport America Cup took southern New Mexico by storm as over 1,500 students housed in surrounding cities and traveled through multiple parts of the state to arrive to the competition destination, Spaceport America.

The event kicked off on June 19th at the Las Cruces Convention Center where students displayed their rockets for judges and the public to enjoy. The opening ceremony keynote speaker, George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, welcomed students to New Mexico and shared his excitement of being able to interact with some of the brightest university students from around the world. Top commercial space companies and recruiters spoke to students in the booth area throughout the day.

On June 20 – 23 students traveled to the Spaceport America Vertical Launch area for a week of rocket launching. 92 rockets launched from the launch pads with most reaching their intended altitude. For the first time in the competition history a liquid fuel, liquid oxidizer rocket was successfully launched by the University of Michigan.

“ESRA is very proud of the 102 teams that attended this year’s event. Especially the almost 60 schools that launched by the end of the first full launch day. It is very humbling to see the teams get better and better every year. By Friday morning we had launched every team that was prepared to fly, and we kept the range open and helped get every rocket that passed safety inspections a launch attempt,” said Dustin Koehler, ESRA Vice President.

After the final day of launching, students traveled back to the Las Cruces Convention center for the 2018 Spaceport America Cup award ceremony. Keynote speaker, Robert Meyerson, Blue Origin Senior Vice President, congratulated the students on their hard work and dedication and invited them to stay connected with the Blue Origin recruitment staff. The ESRA leadership then took the stage to kick off the awards phase of the evening’s festivities. Starting with a couple Spirit Awards, followed by the Payload Category Awards (sponsored by Space Dynamics Laboratory), the Honorary Awards and finishing with the six Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition Category Awards.   Thematic music played and students cheered as their schools were announced to receive their award. As the award ceremony came to a conclusion it was time to announce the winner of the 2018 Spaceport America Cup. Spaceport America CEO, Dan Hicks, had the honor of announcing the McGill University team as this year’s winner.

“Spaceport America is extremely proud to host to this international rocket engineering competition.  We congratulate each of the participants for their months of hard work and intense planning efforts leading up to this year’s Spaceport America Cup competition. It’s unprecedented and extremely exciting to have this many talented individuals from across the globe gather to competitively launch their rockets, collaboratively share and expand their knowledge, and initiate their careers with our space industry sponsors and partners. We look forward to continued success in the space industry as these future leaders are shown how welcoming and unique New Mexico is for space exploration and development, ” said Dan Hicks.

Competitors chose to compete in various technical categories of design, payload, and performance objectives.  The winner from each of the six categories then competed for the honor of the prestigious Spaceport America Cup – which demonstrates exceptional excellence of achieving their performance objectives.  A complete list of this years winners can be found below:

Spaceport America Cup Champion: Team 47 McGill University of Quebec, Canada

Category Awards for the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition:

10K Commercial Of The Shelf Components

First Place 10K COTS:  Team 47 McGill University

Second Place 10K COTS:  Team 84 Brigham Young University

30K Commercial Of The Shelf Components

First Place 30K COTS: Team 79 Concordia University

Second Place 30K COTS:  Team 111 Stanford University

10K Solid Rocket-Student Research and Developed Components

First Place 10K Solid SRAD: Team 60 The Ohio State University

Second Place 10K Solid SRAD:  Team 85 West Virginia University

30K Solid Rocket-Student Research and Developed Components

First Place 30K Solid SRAD:  Team 65 University of Illinois-Chicago

Second Place 30K Solid SRAD: Team 53 University of Minnesota

10K Hybrid/Liquid Rocket Student Research and Developed Components

First Place 10K Hybrid/Liquid SRAD:  Team 38 University of Waterloo

Second Place 10K Hybrid/Liquid SRAD: Team 108 University of California-Los Angeles

30K Hybrid/Liquid Rocket Student Research and Developed Components

First Place 30K Hybrid/Liquid:  Team 9 University of Washington

Second Place 30K Hybrid/Liquid: Team 105 AGH University of Science and Technology

 

SDL Payload Challenge Awards:

First Place: Team 79 Concordia University for their dynamic experiment. They also won first place in their overall category and were the runner-up for the overall Spaceport America Cup.

Second Place: Team 116 Ryerson University for their magnetic damping experiment.

Third Place: Team 83 University at Buffalo for their cubesat TLE demonstration. They will be at SmallSat 2018 to present their paper and findings.

 

SDL Payload Challenge Honorable mentions:

Team 117 University of Victoria for amazing science

Team 63 Union College for full cycle professionalism

Team 53 University of Minnesota – Duluth for complex engineering

Team 104 Colorado State University for their 4 chamber atmospheric sampler

Team 111 Stanford University for their software defined radio GPS demonstration

 

Honorary Awards:

Jim Barrowman Award: Team 40 University of Sheffield

Charles Hoult Award: Team 100 ETH Zurich

Jim Fufarro Award: Team 35 Ecole Polythechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Dr. Gil Moore Award: Team 59 Polytechnique Montreal

The Spirit Award: Team 123 Rutgers University

The Sportsmanship Award: Team 37 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

The Spaceport America Cup is an annual event that will be held each year during the third week of June. For more information visit spaceportamericacup.com

 

About Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA)

The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) is a partner on the Spaceport America Cup and is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 for the purpose of fostering and promoting engineering knowledge and experience in the field of rocketry. ESRA’s current focus is in the field of experimental sounding rocketry, which they define as between “experimental” or “research” high-power rockets and sounding rockets capable of achieving space altitude, generally defined as 100 km. Visit http://www.soundingrocket.org/ for more information.

About Spaceport America

Spaceport America is a FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. This spaceport was intentionally built for commercial and industry and has a rocket friendly environment. Spaceport America currently hosts Virgin Galactic, United Launch Alliance, Boeing, UP Aerospace, EnergeticX Pipeline2Space and EXOS Aerospace. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com for more information.

Spaceport America is #NewMexicoTRUE.

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Event photos: https://www.spaceportamericacup.com/media.html

 

Media Contact:

Rosa Banuelos, Spaceport America

1.575.202.4524

media@spaceportamerica.com