Spaceport America, EXOS Aerospace Sign Partnership

Spaceport America EXOS LogoSPACEPORT AMERICA, N.M. and CADDO MILLS, Texas, April 5, 2016 (Spaceport America/EXOS PR) — Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of suborbital reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas, announce a five year launch partnership for their Suborbital Active Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) vehicle.

EXOS has taken the experience gained from more than a decade of practical lessons learned, millions of dollars worth of development, and flight experience of former Armadillo Aerospace, LLC (including having the key players as co-founders of EXOS), and moved into the commercial space race, ahead of the game. In fact, this team became the first FAA-licensed launch operator from Spaceport America in 2012. EXOS plans to target research, pharmaceutical and medical markets, as well as the NASA Flight Opportunities program for suborbital technology demonstration payloads. The company expects to host their first NASA payload in late 2016.

“It is great to see such an innovative company invigorated and fully funded, and we look forward to hosting the new EXOS SARGE vehicle at Spaceport America,” said Christine Anderson, Spaceport America CEO. “This five year agreement allows EXOS to build their flight rate over time while enabling on-ramps to full tenancy and a planned manufacturing operation creating new jobs in New Mexico.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Spaceport America,” said David Mitchell, EXOS CEO. “We look forward to providing the affordability, fast scheduling time, and immediate recovery our customers require; and no other launch site on Earth offers the same combination of geography, proximity, multiple launch capability, and affordability as Spaceport America. We plan to establish a permanent presence in New Mexico after completing a series of demonstration flights beginning later this year.”

EXOS is now accepting launch manifest requests for the 2016 calendar year and targeting payload customers who want to “fly now,” rather than a year from now, and require minutes of micro G time with prompt access to their payload.

EXOS is the first company to benefit from Spaceport America and MARS Scientific’s (MARS) new First Flight First Sight* promotion which includes a waived Spaceport America user fee for the first launch of a new customer’s flight campaign, coupled with MARS Scientific telescopic imaging and optical tracking at nominal cost.

Spaceport America and EXOS will both be speaking at Space Access 2016, April 7-9 in Phoenix, Arizona. EXOS will be presenting their SARGE vehicle and the benefits of flying with EXOS. To secure a launch and discuss payloads contact EXOS at services@EXOSaero.com. Spaceport America will be presenting their First Flight First Sight program. For more information, please contact aerospace@spaceportamerica.com, or call 575-267-8500.

*Terms and conditions apply

About EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.

EXOS is a leading developer of suborbital reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, 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. Visit www.EXOSaero.com for more information.

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, boasts 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, SpaceX, UP Aerospace and EXOS. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information.

  • Aerospike

    Aha, so EXOS Aerospace is in fact still alive!

  • Hemingway

    Here is an interesting commentary on EXOS:

    http://soledadcanyon.blogspot.com/2015/05/doings-at-dusty-desert-spaceport.html

    Doings at Dusty Desert Spaceport

    Another week, another tidbit of desperate hope that the Dusty
    Desert Spaceport will pay off soon.

    Start-up Exos Aerospace Systems
    and Technologies has bought Armadillo Aerospace’s assets and
    supposedly will develop and launch its new gizmo from Dusty Desert.

    Armadillo, founded and financed by video game honcho John
    Carmack, spent years building a sub-orbital craft, then went “into
    hibernation mode” in 2013 following a crash and other reverses.
    (Armadillo deserves credit for a game try and for its unusual honesty
    with the public about its failures.) One story was headlined “Pipe
    Dream Meets Reality.” But Exos COO John Quinn says that the craft
    was so near “commercial viability” that Armadillo would have
    succeeded with one more launch. (Carmack appears not to be involved
    in Exos.)

    The new gizmo, SARGE, would be basically the old STIG-B with a
    few modifications. The STIG-B crashed last time they flew it; but
    Orville and Wilbur had plenty of early screw-ups too. Quinn says
    that the problem has been addressed and that a redundant backup
    system has been added to ensure success. If SARGE flies, we’ll find
    out.

    One report quoted Quinn that Exos “was examining both raising
    money from investors and seeking strategic partnerships with other
    companies to fund development of SARGE.” Exos’s recent
    crowd-funding campaign to raise $125,000 to support design work
    raised only a fraction of that. Quinn acknowledges that that was as
    much for media relations and publicity as for funding, and says it
    helped. He says ample financing exists.

    I’d read that SARGE would be ready for its first test flight as
    soon as March 2016, would launch monthly during 2016, then move to a
    weekly schedule in 2017. Quinn said that was “still the plan,”
    calling it “an achievable goal.” Exos’s website (glowingly)
    describes its activities in the present tense. Quinn conceded that
    “maybe the present tense isn’t literally true, in that we’re not
    out there flying every day” but insisted that “the capability is
    there” and mentioned examples of Armadillo accomplishing things in
    very short time-frames.

    David Mitchell, Exos’s co-founder and president, is a
    fourth-generation Texas oil man and a Christian pastor. He runs both
    the family business, and “NeUventure on Wall Street,” a series of
    seminars that purport to teach beginners in two days how to make
    humonguous returns through the stock market. Most professionals
    would laugh at some of his basic advice, which reportedly includes
    avoiding diversification, buying stock in only one or two companies
    you know well, and “timing” the market.

    Critics say the seminars
    mix familiar basic advice with a lot of upselling of additional
    training. For thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars you
    can become an “Insider” or even a “Top Gun.”

    Quinn, who credits Mitchell with saving him after he lost much of
    his retirement money, says the program works, and that none of the
    critics are “Top Guns.” (He said it takes a lot of hard work to
    reach that level.) He adds that Mitchell, who wouldn’t take a
    salary as a pastor, conducted the seminars free for church members
    for years before trying to help a wider audience.

    I wouldn’t sign up for NeUventure, and I hope Spaceport folks
    haven’t fronted any money to Exos. I see a wide gap between present
    reality and promises. The gizmo crashed last time they tried it and
    we’re halfway through 2015. I hear the promise of regular launches
    in 2016 in the context of ever-shifting Virgin Galactic’s timetables.
    But I’m pretty ignorant, and will watch with interest.

    But Quinn speaks passionately of his hopes for Exos.

    Will Exos will help save the Dusty Desert Spaceport? Tune in
    next year.