EXOS completes successful test flight of reusable suborbital rocket


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Capitalism in space: EXOS Aerospace yesterday completed a successful test flight of its reusable suborbital rocket, SARGE, at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

The company’s first Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE, or SARGE, rocket lifted off from Spaceport America in New Mexico at approximately 2:15 p.m. Eastern. After reaching an unspecified peak altitude, the rocket descended under parachute, landing about 15 minutes later a short distance from the pad. The rocket’s nose cone, descending under a ballute, landed several minutes earlier.

The company didn’t immediately disclose technical details about the flight, such as the peak altitude, but in a live webcast of the launch appeared to be satisfied with the vehicle’s performance, despite the vehicle appearing to veer from its vertical trajectory briefly after liftoff.

“This was a very successful test for us,” said John Quinn, chief operating officer of Exos, on the webcast. “We’re very excited that we had all of our recovery systems operational.”

It sounds as if they were mostly testing the recovery systems that will allow the rocket and payload to land safely in a condition to fly again.

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  • Col Beausabre

    SHABASH, SARGE! BOORAH !

  • Tom

    Lots of video on EweToobe showing the pre-launch, launch and descent. One post-landing video shows the impact absorbing components that jut below the nozzle. It appears that this approach adds payload size (in weight) by trading off the need for landing legs and the fuel reserves needed for a vertical landing. I’m going back to the articles to find out that their projected turnaround time is.

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