SPACEPORT AMERICA, N.M. and CADDO MILLS, Texas, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
"It is great to see such an innovative company invigorated and fully funded, and we look forward to hosting the new EXOS SARGE vehicle at Spaceport America," said Christine Anderson, Spaceport America CEO. "This five year agreement allows EXOS to build their flight rate over time while enabling on-ramps to full tenancy and a planned manufacturing operation creating new jobs in New Mexico."
"We are thrilled to partner with Spaceport America," said David Mitchell, EXOS CEO. "We look forward to providing the affordability, fast scheduling time, and immediate recovery our customers require; and no other launch site on Earth offers the same combination of geography, proximity, multiple launch capability, and affordability as Spaceport America. We plan to establish a permanent presence in New Mexico after completing a series of demonstration flights beginning later this year."
EXOS is now accepting launch manifest requests for the 2016 calendar year and targeting payload customers who want to "fly now," rather than a year from now, and require minutes of micro G time with prompt access to their payload.
EXOS is the first company to benefit from Spaceport America and MARS Scientific's (MARS) new First Flight First Sight* promotion which includes a waived Spaceport America user fee for the first launch of a new customer's flight campaign, coupled with MARS Scientific telescopic imaging and optical tracking at nominal cost.
Spaceport America and EXOS will both be speaking at Space Access 2016, April 7-9 in Phoenix, Arizona. EXOS will be presenting their SARGE vehicle and the benefits of flying with EXOS. To secure a launch and discuss payloads contact EXOS at [email protected]. Spaceport America will be presenting their First Flight First Sight program. For more information, please contact [email protected], or call 575-267-8500.
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About EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.
EXOS is a leading developer of suborbital reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas. EXOS provides affordable, repeatable, and reliable commercial spaceflight with accelerated turnaround. Our 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. Visit www.EXOSaero.com for more information.
About Spaceport America
Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, boasts 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340+ days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, UP Aerospace and EXOS. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information.
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