SPACEPORT AMERICA, NM (NMSA PR) – EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc of Greenville, Texas, has selected Spaceport America for final testing of a reusable space launch vehicle known as SARGE (Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE).
EXOS has completed the design, test and build; has received its FAA launch license and completed the final integration and test hovering for the rocket. A successful test flight is needed to solidify the company’s plans to use the technology as the basis for a planned reusable Orbital class vehicle, the company said in a press release issued Tuesday.
“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,” EXOS COO John Quinn said in a prepared statement. “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.”
Spaceport American CEO Dan Hicks said a successful test flight could lead to further testing and development at the spaceport.
“We appreciate that EXOS selected Spaceport America to host their SARGE launches,” Hicks said. “Their success in attracting private funding shows the value of their out-of-the-box thinking 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 to hosting launch it to orbit.”
You can follow progress on SARGE from setup to launch live on YouTube at