May 25, 2021 NASA Selects UP Aerospace for TechRise Student Challenge Launch
(Denver, Colorado) - UP Aerospace has been selected as a launch provider by NASA Flight Opportunities Program for the NASA TechRise Student Challenge. Students can design an experiment to be flown into space on a suborbital SpaceLoft rocket. There will be a $1,500.00 award for each winning school to develop the proposed experiment a well as an assigned payload bay on a NASA sponsored mission to space. The launch is expected to be flown in 2023.
To learn more visit: https://www.nasa.gov/techrise-student-challenge
November 22, 2019 Successful SpaceLoft Launch for NASA
(Denver, Colorado) - On Friday November 22, 2019 UP Aerospace successfully launched the SL-14 rocket at 8:19 am local time from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The mission carried a record setting six experiments on board. Four of the payloads were provided by NASA's Flight Opportunities program under UP Aerospace’s 5 year IDIQ contract. The launch was funded under a NASA Tipping Point contract awarded to UP Aerospace in 2017 to develop technologies for the orbital Spyder launch vehicle. The vehicle was successfully recovered on White Sands Missile Range an hour after the launch and the payloads were returned to the launch site for data evaluation the same day.
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)