Exos Aerospace and 0-G Launch to pursue commercial air-launch
GREENVILLE, TX, USA, September 7, 2021 (Exos Aerpspace PR) — As part of a strategic collaboration to meet the fast-growing demand for responsive and economical access to low-Earth-orbit (LEO), 0-G Launch and Exos Aerospace agree to use the innovative Space Jet ™ as a commercial air-launch platform for small orbital rocket deliveries targeting initial launches in Q4 2023.
Exos Aerospace, a U.S. leading developer and operator of reusable Space vehicles, and 0-G Launch, an innovative provider of multi-vehicle air-launch platforms and high-precision microgravity services, today announced that they have signed an agreement for a series of air-launch missions aboard the Space Jet ™ to begin at the end of 2023.
Spaceport America, NM and Greenville, TX (EXOS Aerospace/Spaceport America PR) – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles based in Greenville, Texas, announce a successful test launch of their newest vehicle, SARGE.
Space Newsreports that Exos Aerospace’s SARGE launch from Spaceport America last month failed to reach its intended altitude due to a glitch in its GPS system.
In a mission report provided by the company a week and a half after the launch, Exos said that a GPS receiver on the rocket stopped providing data during the rocket’s ascent. That triggered an automatic shutdown of the rocket’s engine 38 seconds after liftoff, versus a planned duration of 62 to 65 seconds, said John Quinn, chief operating officer of Exos, Sept. 5.
As a result of the early engine shutdown, the rocket reached a peak altitude of 28 kilometers, rather than the planned 80 kilometers. Quinn said an extrapolation of the rocket’s performance during that powered phase indicated the rocket might have been able to reach nearly 90 kilometers had the engine fired for the full duration.
The cause of the GPS unit malfunction in the rocket is still being studied. The unit started providing data again later in the flight, and an inspection turned up no obvious damage to the unit, cabling or antennas. There were separate dropouts of telemetry from the rocket during the flight, according to the mission report.