After recovering from an unexpected navigation issue that triggered an in-flight engine shutdown on their last mission, Exos Aerospace is ready to return to flight with the fourth launch of their suborbital SARGE rocket.
The quick, up-down mission will carry experiments from nine universities and research organizations and will launch from Spaceport America in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Liftoff is scheduled for 11:00 EDT (09:00 MDT local time – and 15:00 UTC) on Saturday, 26 October.
SARGE stands for Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) and is a Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (SRLV) from Exos Aerospace.
Built on the STIG B platform, SARGE is a Liquid Oxygen/ethanol bipropellant vehicle using an LE23000FC series engine to produce 24.4 kilonewtons or 5,500 lbf of thrust at liftoff.
Standing 11 m (36 ft) tall and 51 cm (20 inches) in diameter, the sounding rocket (another name for small, suborbital vehicles) is capable of carrying a fleet of small scientific experiments weighing up to 50 kg total up to an altitude of ~80 km (49.7 miles).
Launching from Spaceport America, the Federal Aviation Administration – or FAA – in the United States issued Exos Aerospace a reusable launch vehicle mission launch ...