Company Profile

UP Aerospace is a space launch and flight test service provider incoporated in 2004 by founder Jerry Larson to offer world class access to space. We specialize in advanced engineering, launch technology development, and state-of-the-art rapid and low cost launch operations. UP Aerospace has successfully reduced the cost and scheduled time of launching experiments and commercial payloads into space with our in-house developed SpaceLoft launch platform. Our headquarters are located in Denver, Colorado, with launch facilities at Spaceport America in New Mexico.





About the Photo:  The SpaceLoft-4 was launched into space on May 4, 2010 from the UP Aerospace Launch Pad One.  The vehicle achieved an altitude of 71.5 miles and experienced 4 minutes of microgravity time.  (photo credit: Las Cruces Sun News) 



November 6, 2015 SpaceLoft-10 mission successfully deploys NASA re-entry research capsule
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) On November 6, 2015 at 8:01 a.m. MT UP Aerospace launched the 10th SpaceLoft rocket and the 4th mission for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. The mission marked the debut of UP Aerospace’s new Automated Payload Deployment System (APDS). At 60 seconds into the flight the system successfully released the nose fairing and ejected the 11 pound re-entry capsule named Maraia that was designed and build by NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center. Maraia was designed to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere independent of the launch vehicle to test controllability at Mach numbers reaching 3.5. The remainder of the vehicle contained three other experiments by NASA’s AMES Research Center, Purdue University, and New Mexico State University.  The SpaceLoft-10 mission reached an altitude of 396,405 feet on its 18 minute sub-orbital launch into space.  The SpaceLoft-10 vehicle was recovered on White Sands Missile Range for re-use on future missions.  UP Aeroapce is currently under contract to perform two additional missions for NASA in 2016.

October 23, 2014 UP Aerospace completed the 3rd fully manifested flight for NASA
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) On October 23, 2014 at 7:33 a.m. MT UP Aerospace successfully launched SpaceLoft 9 into space for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, marking the third fully manifested flight for the FOP program. This mission set a new altitude record at Spaceport America achieving an altitude of 77.25 miles. Paul De Leon the Project Engineer for the Flight Opportunities Program stated, “We are very happy to have completed another successful flight with UP Aerospace, in which four developing technologies have been tested and exposed to weightlessness in space. These experimental technologies are in the process of maturation to eventually be utilized in future orbital and deep space missions. UP Aerospace has proven to be a reliable commercial suborbital launch service provider for the NASA Flight Opportunities Program. I’m looking forward to our next launch scheduled for the middle of next year.”


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