Successful SL7 launch

Our first flight with UP Aerospace's SpaceLoft system successfully launched last Friday June 21 from Space Port America in New Mexico. More information about the flight will be posted here as it becomes available. The payload manifest for this flight is outlined in this pdf 1-pager.

NASA Selects New Suborbital Payloads, Total Tops 100 Experiments

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WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected 21 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons, and a commercial parabolic aircraft.

This latest selection represents the sixth cycle of NASA's continuing call for payloads through an announcement of opportunity. More than 100 technologies with test flights now have been facilitated through NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate's Flight Opportunities Program.

"This new group of payloads, ranging from systems that support cubesats to new sensors technology for planetary exploration, represent the sorts of cutting-edge technologies that are naturally suited for testing during returnable flights to near-space," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for space technology in Washington. "NASA's Flight Opportunities Program continues to mature this key technology development pipeline link, thanks to America's commercial suborbital reusable vehicles providers."

Fourteen of these new payloads will ride on parabolic aircraft flights, which provide brief periods of weightlessness. Two will fly on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test flights. Three will ride on high-altitude balloons that fly above 65,000 feet. An additional payload will fly on both a parabolic flight and a suborbital launch vehicle, and another will fly on both a suborbital launch vehicle and a ...Read More

Highest, Longest Flight to Date for Masten's Xombie with Genie Payload

Draper's recent successful GENIE flights are detailed in this NASA Press Release with several images showing the Xombie vehicle in flight. More information about Draper's technology maturation activities can be found in their Technology profile.

Soliciting information and feedback from the community

For the past two years, we have provided opportunities to fly technology payloads on flight platforms that provide reduced gravity or other relevant environments required to test technologies. Our successful campaigns to date include 7 parabolic flight weeks, 2 balloon flights and several sRLV flights. Following these successes, we are soliciting information and feedback about these first two years from both current and potential flight service providers, as well as the technology payload providers and potential sources for sRLV and payload integration services. Please read the full Request for Information (RFI) for a full description of the type of information and feedback we are looking for. Deadline for submission of your information and feedback in March 8, 2013. We would greatly appreciate your input and feedback to make our program even better.

13 new technology payloads selected from AFO5

Today's announcement of the AFO5 selection of 13 new technology payloads:

WASHINGTON -- NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will allow participants to demonstrate their technologies to the edge of space and back, before committing them to the harsh and unforgiving conditions of spaceflight.
The vehicles that will carry these payloads will include Las Vegas-based Zero-G Corporation's parabolic airplane and high altitude balloons from Near Space Corp. in Tillamook, Ore. They also will include reusable launch vehicles from Masten Space Systems in Mojave, Calif.; UP Aerospace in Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and Virgin Galactic in Las Cruces, N.M.

"These payloads represent more real progress in our goal of fostering a viable market for American commercial reusable suborbital platforms -- access to near space that provides the innovation needed for cutting-edge space technology research and development," said Michael Gazarik, director of NASA's Space Technology Program. "American leadership in the commercial suborbital flight market will prove to benefit technology development across NASA, universities, industries and in our new technology economy."

A wide range of innovative payloads ...Read More

GENIE flights rescheduled for early 2013

Due to technical delays encountered during flight test operations, the planned C4 and C5 flights of the GENIE system on XA-0.1B have been delayed (see original campaign package). The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Masten Space Systems, in conjunction with the NASA Flight Opportunities Program, are looking to resume the activity after the holiday season. Please check back here or on Twitter for future updates.

Wondering who our users are?

We've recently added a new feature to our website where we showcase the technologies and associated teams we currently work with in our Program. We have so far completed 28 of the total 54 technology users. In the weeks ahead, we hope to complete the remaining records so we have a complete list of all 54 technologies. To read more about our users, head over to the Technologies section.

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