September 17, 2018 UP Aerospace Conducts Two Launches Back-To-Back in 5 days for NASA
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) - On Monday September 17, 2018 UP Aerospace successfully launched the SL-11 rocket at 8:09 am local time from Launch Pad One located at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The mission carried 5 experiments for NASA's Flight Opportunities program and reached a maximum altitude of 357,800 feet (109.1 km) during its sub-orbital flight. The payloads included those from Controlled Dynamics Inc., Polytechnic University of Catalonia Spain, FAA, and two NASA experiments. The mission also included the first successful test flight of UP Aerospace's cold gas attitude control system that is being developed for the orbital launch vehicle called Spyder.
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September 12, 2018 UP Aerospace launches and deploys NASA's ADEPT Spacecraft
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) - On Wednesday September 12, 2018 UP Aerospace successfully launched the SL-12 rocket three minutes into the planed launch window at 7:33 am local time. The NASA ADEPT SR-1 re-entry test vehicle separation occurred at 95 seconds from liftoff and was tracked by radar. The ADEPT separation was the the second successful use of the UP Aerospace Automated Payload Deployment System (APDS). The payload section reached a maximum altitude of 354,000 feet (108 km) MSL. The drogue and main parachute recovery systems deployed resulting in a nominal landing on White Sands Missile Range. The drogue and main parachute for the nose fairing section also deployed normally and was recovered for reuse on a future mission. UP Aerospace is on track to conduct a second launch in 5 days for NASA on September 17. (Click here for more about the NASA ADEPT vehicle)
September 15, 2018 UP Aerospace is Awarded a NASA Flight Opportunities 5 Year Launch Contract
(Denver, Colorado) - NASA awarded UP Aerospace with its third IDIQ contract to conduct sub-orbital launches using the proven and reliable SpaceLoft launch platform. UP Aerospace has conducted a total of 7 successful launches for NASA under the Flight Opportunities program since 2012. This third contract award has a period of performance of 5 years and will continue the legacy of launching complex custom missions for the agency.