SPACEPORT AMERICA, N.M. and CADDO MILLS, Texas, April 5, 2016 (Spaceport America/EXOS PR) — Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of suborbital reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas, announce a five year launch partnership for their Suborbital Active Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) vehicle.
EXOS has taken the experience gained from more than a decade of practical lessons learned, millions of dollars worth of development, and flight experience of former Armadillo Aerospace, LLC (including having the key players as co-founders of EXOS), and moved into the commercial space race, ahead of the game. In fact, this team became the first FAA-licensed launch operator from Spaceport America in 2012. EXOS plans to target research, pharmaceutical and medical markets, as well as the NASA Flight Opportunities program for suborbital technology demonstration payloads. The company expects to host their first NASA payload in late 2016.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FLIGHT OPPORTUNITIES (AFO)
For Payloads Maturing Crosscutting Technologies
that Advance Multiple Future Space Missions to Flight Readiness Status
Announcement NOCT110 (February 2011 – December 2014)
Call #5 for Proposals
Call for proposals: August 10, 2012
Proposals due: September 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM ET
Selection notifications: November 2012 (target)
The NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) Flight Opportunities Program intends to mature towards flight readiness status new crosscutting technologies that advance or enable multiple future space missions.To facilitate this goal, NASA is providing access to certain flight opportunities available to the Agency, on a no-‐exchange-‐of funds basis, to entities that have technology payloads meeting specified criteria.
The Flight Opportunities Program combines the FY 2010 Facilitated Access to the Space environment for Technology (FAST) and Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) efforts previously managed by the Innovative Partnership Program Office. The integration of these efforts provides the technology community with access to relevant near-space environments via a broad range of platforms.