EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies' Pathfinder to launch at Spaceport America.
(12 August 2018 - EXOS) EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles, announces the launch of their newest vehicle, SARGE.
EXOS has completed the design, build, and test of their latest platform, completed fully integrated hover testing, received their Launch License, and is making final preparation for their Pathfinder test flight on August 25, 2018.
A successful Pathfinder test flight of the SARGE reusable system will solidify the company’s plan to use this technology as the design basis of their reusable (first stage) of a 100-200kg, 200-400km capable orbital-class vehicle. This also brings EXOS a critical step closer to providing suborbital services to the micro nano and cube sat community by providing frequent access to test up to 50kg satellites in space (3-4 minutes) and then return them to the launch site (just 20 min after launch).
“We are excited to enter into the testing phase of our SARGE platform at Spaceport America,” said John Quinn, EXOS COO. “We look forward to enabling space research, manufacturing, and educational opportunity for the world by providing frequent flights that provide fast and affordable access to Space. We are even more excited to reveal our plans for our Jaguar Reusable (first stage) LEO launcher. Since our SARGE rocket is designed for reusability, it is proving to be an excellent risk mitigation platform for our orbital technology development program and helping to drive space access costs down. The software and technologies we have developed are 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) which was modified by a team of scientists from EXOS, Intuitive Machines, C-Squared Systems, Helios, and XISP, Inc.”
What’s next for EXOS?
Once we achieve a successful test of the SARGE platform, we will move to using that platform to develop live dynamic condition assessment and prognostics system evaluation programs that will help us predict vehicle RUL (Remaining Useful Life) as a feed forward to reduce risk in our Orbital program”, said Quinn. “We have built SARGE to be overly robust until we have sufficient flight data to show us where we can shave off weight while still 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 it’s “safe” and ultimately desire to sell the liquid fired rockets to MDA as “hard to acquire” targets as they near the end of their economically viable life.
About EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies
EXOS is a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles and is based in Greenville, 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.