Exos Aerospace Reschedules First Suborbital Launch

Space.com | 8/18/2018 | Staff
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GENOA, Nev. — Exos Aerospace, a Texas company developing a reusable suborbital rocket, now plans to carry out a first flight of its vehicle in late August as it sets its sights on a follow-on orbital vehicle.

In a statement, the company said it's planning a launch of its Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE, or SARGE, rocket Aug. 25 from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The vehicle is a reusable sounding rocket capable of carrying up to 50 kilograms to the edge of space and back, although the company didn't disclose the payload for this initial "pathfinder" mission.

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The company, which received a commercial launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation in February, originally planned to carry out the first SARGE launch in early April. However, problems with the inertial measurement units (IMUs) in the rocket postponed the launch several times.

In an Aug. 11 email, Quinn said that the company believes it's resolved the problems with its IMUs after repairing several of the devices. "I find it ironic that one of the most expensive and hardened pieces we purchase is largely the hindrance to our progress," he said.

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Exos has pitched SARGE as an economical suborbital vehicle capable of a large number...
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