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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 ...

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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 ...

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NASA Selects Two Technologies for Commercial Suborbital Tests

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected two new technologies to fly on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles. The flights will test the payloads' functionality before full deployment on future missions. One technology will be tested on a suborbital reusable launch vehicle and the other will be tested on a high altitude balloon.

The two technologies ...

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Videos of July 17 ARC Flight Opportunities Webinar online



We held a successful Flight Opportunities Webinar on Tuesday July 17 as a follow up to the introductionary Flight Opportunities Program Tour Webinar on June 26. The recorded videos of this latest Webinar are now available for viewing on Youtube by clicking on the links below. The videos have been broken down according to speaker ...

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Tue July 17: ARC Flight Opportunities Workshop Webinar

Might your research payload successfully compete for a free parabolic or suborbital flight? Find out how by viewing the 30 min NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) Webinar “Tour”. Hopefully that will perk your interest in joining all or part of our 2nd ARC-focused Webinar on July 17, 2012, from 10 – 1 PM, designed as a ...

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Masten Xaero Flies Again



On July 3, Masten Space Systems flew their Xaero vertical takeoff and vertical landing vehicle to 444m altitude. This flight marks a significant achievement for Masten Space Systems on the way to providing service to 5km+ for the Flight Opportunities Program. More information about the flight can be found on Masten's website.

ARC Flight Opportunities Program Tour



On June 26th we invited NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) staff to participate in a “Flight Opportunities Program Tour” produced as a webinar (slides available here). We’ve conducted face-to-face Flight Opportunities Program Workshops at Goddard Spaceflight Research Center and JPL, but the webinar format is new for us. It could provide FOP easier access ...

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NASA Space Technology Program’s Flight Opportunities Workshop at JPL

The Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) has conducted three Workshops designed to introduce our flight opportunities for research payloads at annual Next-gen Suborbital Research Conferences in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and a one-day Workshop at Goddard Space Research Center in Fall 2011.

We recently completed a Workshop at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hosted by ...

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SpaceLoft-6 Flight Preparations for the SFEM

SpaceLoft-6 patch

The team flew in to Albuquerque Sunday evening and drove to Truth or Consequences in preparation to participate in the pre-launch activities for the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft-6 launch. The SL-6 launch is a mission by the Operationally Responsive Space Office (ORS), but there was extra space available in the Nose Cone section of the vehicle ...

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24 New Experimental Payloads Selected For Commercial Suborbital Flights

A new set of 24 payloads have been selected into our program for maturation of their technologies. The selection is based on 35 proposals submitted to the 3rd Announcement of Flight Opportunities (AFO3) which closed late December of last year. Our new call AFO4 will be announced in the coming weeks. For more on the ...

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