Spaceport America Opens Up Opportunities for UP Aerospace

UP Aerospace Spaceloft XL rocket lifts off from Spaceport America in New Mexico on May 2, 2009.

With cheaper launches, sky’s the limit for Highlands Ranch rocket maker
Denver Post

Since 2006, UP Aerospace has launched nine times from Spaceport America, including in 2007 when Larson sent up ashes of “Star Trek” actor James “Scotty” Doohan and astronaut Gordon Cooper into space, along with student experiments and some commercial payloads.

“The beauty of Spaceport America is it is being built from the ground up,” said Larson, whose company was the facility’s first tenant.

Larson, who leases the spaceport’s vertical- launch facilities on a per-launch basis, said it means less red tape “and a leaner and faster operation.”

It also is a less-expensive alternative to reaching suborbital space than launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California — two sites where Larson assisted in launches during his 20 years with Lockheed Martin.

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