EXOS Aerospace Plans Launch From Spaceport America for May

SPACEPORT AMERICA, NM and CADDO Mills, Texas (EXOS Aerospace/NMSA PR) — 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 Caddo Mills, Texas, announce significant progress towards launch of their newest vehicle SARGE. The date and time target was selected in honor of Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr’s Suborbital Mercury Redstone 3 launch on May 5, 1961 @ 09:34AM.

EXOS has completed the design, test and build of their latest launch vehicle, 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) launch vehicle capable of carrying 100kg to orbit (200-400km).

“It is great to see such an innovative privately funded company planning expansion to reusable LEO capability after a successful launch of the EXOS SARGE vehicle at Spaceport America,” said Daniel Hicks, Spaceport America CEO. “A successful Pathfinder flight test will bring them one step closer to regular commercial suborbital launches, and ultimately tenancy and planned O&M activities, that could possibly even support their Orbital development at Spaceport. Spaceport America wishes EXOS the best as they forge forward with the potential to create ever more new high tech jobs in New Mexico than initially expected under this contract.”

“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. 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.

What’s next for Exos?

Orbital – “Once Exos achieves 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 (and heavy) until we have a flight data set to show us where we can shave off weight safely 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 is 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. EXOS is booking payloads now on its SARGE vehicle and has SPACE available… 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 the JAGUAR reusable first stage Orbital launcher testing to commence by 2020.

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. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com for more information.

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    Great! I wonder how many of the original Armadillo is left – I know Ben Brockert is working for Astra/Ventions now. James their welder isn’t there anymore. No more John Carmack. Very curious to hear more about their orbital plans and how they’re going to recover and reuse their first stage.

    Once upon a time John Carmack posted to aRocket about trajectories where the first stage flies straight up, and the second stage makes a hard left turn (vs. the more traditional trajectories where the 1st stage flies far down range) to get to orbit. The advantage being you get to recover your vehicle close to the launch site without SpaceX style boostback burns or some kind of infrastructure (ASDS-type landing deal) downrange. I wonder if they’ll stick with their autonomous parachute or try some kind of vertical landing. They were *the* guys for VTVL back in the NGLLC days!

    Good luck! Didn’t say if they’ll be webcasting, but if so I’ll be tuning in!

  • Pete Zaitcev

    Really, to orbit on pressure-fed engines – in two stages? Well, I know John Carmack was a fan of OTRAG and all that, but this looks like a bridge too far.

  • nathankoren

    I recall seeing an interview with Musk — ages ago, when SpaceX was still planning to recover Falcon 9 stages with parachutes — where he said he thought that what Carmack was doing with VTVL was really cool, and maybe he’d try that someday. Would be a bit ironic if the descendent of Armadillo ends up using parachutes after all!

  • duheagle

    Vector is planning to do the same thing.