EXOS Aerospace Plans Suborbital SARGE Launch for Saturday

SARGE launch at Spaceport America. (Screenshot from Exos Aerospace webcast)

GREENVILLE, Texas (EXOS Aerospace PR) — EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles based in Greenville, Texas, announces, “Reuse Viability Test” for their SARGE Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (SRLV).

Texas firm sets March 2nd, 2019 for the first reuse flight (Mission 1) of their Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE)

Exos completed the Pathfinder Launch on August 25, 2018 from Spaceport America.  It was the first step in validating the SARGE SRLV that was flown and recovered for reuse. Exos gathered critical flight data that enabled advancing the design and setting them up for continued reuse of their SARGE vehicle.  See the YouTube video recaps of the day at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh2dmwg4BVRAznfQgdhTm7w

The “Mission 1” test flight of the SARGE reusable system will carry the commercial payloads flown under the programs listed below. A successful launch will further solidify the company’s plan to use this technology as the design basis of their Jaguar orbital launch vehicle with reusable first stage capable of carrying 100kg to Low Earth Orbit (200-400km).

Flight programs and associated payloads on the scheduled March 2nd 2019 flight:

SPACEedu… Help your school fund, build, fly and reuse CubeSat projects for their S.T.E.M research programs. Having already flown for many schools, Exos is literally taking education to a higher level.  P1. Arete’ Greater Nanticoke Area Trojans (space thermal energy transfer experiment).

SPACEbuild… Test or manufacture in space aboard an Exos vehicle for premium exposure to space flight conditions. The reduced cost of suborbital flights makes it a preferred risk mitigation step for qualifying orbital payloads. P2. NASA (Vibration Damper – TRL advancement),  P3. University of Central Florida (Dust Aggregation experiment – SPACE-2 NASA REDDI Payload), P4. Agronautics, LLC (Space hops & grain), P5. SOLGW  (memorabilia)

SPACEaid… Perform breakthrough medical research by leveraging the ability to test in the microgravity and vacuum of space.  With Exos we can return your payload within minutes of landing.  Our soft (5G) launch and fin stabilization means a gentle ride for your payload requiring less effort in payload design over other commercial launch options.  P6. Center for Applied Space Technologies (Sponsoring Mayo Clinic for two “BRIC66” payloads performing cell research)

SPACEship… Launch from Spaceport American in New Mexico and we’ll deliver your payload to space and eject it to perform your test outside our vehicle.*  (LEO target aboard our reusable (first stage) Jaguar vehicle – late 2022).

* Ejected payloads have a >60day (normal) lead-time as Exos has to license the payload ejection and your payload/recovery system must meet FAA/AST safety requirements.

What’s next for Exos Aerospace? 

Shift to commercial operations – “With a successful flight we will leave the testing phase, and focus on the engineering of our Jaguar reusable (first stage) LEO launcher” said John Quinn, EXOS COO. “We look forward to supporting space research, manufacturing, and educational opportunities for the world by providing frequent suborbital flights that provide fast and affordable access to space. Since the 36-foot tall 20-inch diameter SARGE rocket is designed for reusability, it is proving to be an excellent risk mitigation platform for our orbital technology development program.  The software and technology we have developed is key to development of the reusable first stage of our planned Jaguar vehicle”. SARGE and Jaguar will use NASA’s Morpheus flight code (acquired through a Space Act Agreement) that was modified by a team of Engineers from Exos Aerospace, Intuitive Machine, C-Squared Systems, Helios and XISP Inc.

Develop Orbital reuse life prediction– “Once Exos completes this test we will move toward using SARGE to develop live dynamic condition assessment and prognostics systems. These programs will help us predict vehicle RUL (Remaining Useful Life) as a feed forward to reduce risk in our orbital program” said John Quinn, EXOS COO. “We have built SARGE to be overly robust (and heavy) until we have sufficient flight data to show us where we can reduce weight safely leaving plenty of margin for repeated reuse”. Quinn says Exos designed the rocket system to support up to 200 flights; however they propose to use the Lox Ethanol vehicle as long as its “safe” and ultimately desire to sell the liquid fired rockets as expendable vehicles to MDA as “hard to acquire” targets as they near the end of their economically viable life.

Focus on STEM Education– Exos has a vision for taking our National Science Fair to space.  With the capability to host up to fifty 1U payloads per flight the goal is to take each states winning Science Fair CubeSat to space and then return the experiments back to the winning schools.  Exos plans to apply to the NASA REDDI program to fund the inaugural “National Science Fair” flight. Are you interested in developing space payloads as part of your state’s Science Fair? Contact Exos at [email protected]

About EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.

EXOS is a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles based in Greenville, Texas. EXOS provides affordable, repeatable, and reliable commercial spaceflight with accelerated turnaround. Payload customers are those who want to “fly now,” rather than a year from now, need minutes of micro G time, and prompt access to their payload. EXOS is booking payloads now on its SARGE vehicle and has SPACEavailable… or, If you are interested in Wet Leasing a SARGE vehicle to reduce costs for an extended research campaign, contact Exos for more details via the contact link at www.Exosaero.com. Exos is planning the Jaguar testing to commence by 2022 and are ready to book your 100kg or less LEO payload now.