UPAerospace

SpaceLoft-4

Company Profile

UP Aerospace is a space launch and flight test service provider incorporated 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) 

 

News

October 24, 2017 State-of-the-Art Solid Rocket Motor Development and Manufacturing Facility Completed at Spaceport America
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) - UP Aerospace Inc. and Cesaroni Aerospace teamed to create a state-of-the-art solid rocket motor manufacturing and test facility at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The project was completed in under 1 year with the culmination of three full scale SpaceLoft solid rocket motor static test firings. The tests were conducted to verify new high-performance motor casing and insulation manufacturing techniques, and validate the automated, remotely controlled propellant mix, and cast processing facilities. The new facility, called the Space Propulsion Center (SPC), is co-owned and operated by the two companies and is located at Spaceport America adjacent to the UP Aerospace Sub-Orbital Space Launch Complex. The new capability was created in part to support propulsion development of the UP Aerospace Spyder orbital launch vehicle.  Full Press Release

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 built 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.

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