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November 12, 2013: SpaceLoft 8 successfully launched for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program

(Spaceport America, New Mexico) UP Aerospace launched SpaceLoft 8 on November 12, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. MT. This mission was for NASA funded research technologies, chosen by the Flight Opportunities Program as part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The vehicle flew to 385,000 feet providing the experiments with 3 minutes of micro-gravity. This mission is the second fully manifested space flight for the Flight Opportunities Program. "The SL-8 launch was a complete success," said NASA campaign manager Paul De Leon at NASA's AMES Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. "The UP Aerospace team provided an outstanding service, and the launch vehicle performed exceptionally well, just as planned. All of the payload teams were extremely happy with the flight and anxious to get their payloads back and analyze their data." Jerry Larson, President of UP Aerospace added, “we continue to develop new on-board technologies with increased versatility to open up new opportunities for future missions.”

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