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June 17-23, 2013 / Vol 32, No 24 / Hawai`i Island, USA

14 Jun 2013, 20:47 UTC
June 17-23, 2013 / Vol 32, No 24 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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SpaceLoft XL Launch Provides Affordable Space Access

Up Aerospace is set to launch various suborbital payloads on the SpaceLoft XL (SL-7) sounding rocket sponsored by the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) and NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) from Spaceport America’s Vertical Launch Complex in Las Cruces, NM on June 21. This will be the 11th launch for Up Aerospace, the 1st sub-orbital for NASA FOP and the 19th overall from Spaceport America. Students from 5 schools including Cobre High School, Camino Real Middle School and New Mexico State University will have their experiments flown at a speed of Mach 5 to a 119-km altitude, experience about 4 minutes of weightlessness and land 515 km away at the White Sands Missile Range. Patricia Hynes (TL), Director of the NMSGC, envisions student access to space increasing from an annual launch to monthly, and eventually, to daily launches as the technology / space sector develops. Jerry Larson (TR), President of Up Aerospace, hopes students will be inspired to seek careers as launch crews, rocket engineers and payload designers. The 6-m long, 25-cm diameter sounding rocket will also carry payloads from the FAA, DoD, NASA and Celestis, Inc. (Image Credit: Up Aerospace, NMSGC, ...

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