With a successful test flight of the reusable SARGE (Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE) sounding rocket complete, Exos Aerospace is looking to the future. The company plans to utilize the SARGE vehicle to launch payloads on a suborbital trajectory – allowing customers to test their technology before launching them into orbit. Additionally, SARGE will also serve as a testbed for the company’s plans for an orbital launch vehicle.
Exos is a small aerospace startup out of Greenville, Texas. The company’s goal is to make “SPACEavailable” by lowering the cost of access to space. Bringing the SARGE vehicle to market will be a major step towards that goal.
The SARGE rocket utilizes “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.” stated Exos.
NASA’s Project Morpheus was a program which ran from 2010 to 2014. According to NASA, the purpose of the project was to provide “an autonomous, reusable, rocket-powered, terrestrial vertical take-off/vertical landing vehicle for testing integrated spacecraft and planetary lander technologies.”
The maiden flight of SARGE was an opportunity for Exos to test their version of the flight code. The ...