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Category archives: suborbital

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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SpaceLoft-6 Flight Preparations for the SFEM

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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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Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference 2012

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Registration and abstract submittal for the 2012 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC-2012) is now OPEN!

Abstracts are due December 2, 2011.

Hosted by NASA Ames Research Center, the Southwest Research Institute, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, NSRC is THE meeting for researchers and educators wanting to participate in, learn about, and contribute to the new ...

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Suborbital Research Stakeholders Gather at GSFC Workshop

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Innovative Partnerships Program and Earth Science Division hosted a “Commercial Suborbital Vehicles Workshop” on September 7, 2011. The purpose was to have several commercial developers of suborbital reusable launch vehicles (sRLVs) present information to Earth and Space scientists about their emerging capabilities to fly research payloads to ...

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GSFC Commercial Suborbital Vehicles Workshop

From our colleagues at the Goddard Space Flight Center:


Dear Colleagues,

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Innovative Partnership Program (IPP) and Earth Science Division will be hosting a Commercial Suborbital Vehicles Workshop at the GSFC on September 7, 2011.

The purpose of the proposed workshop is to provide information for Earth and Space scientists ...

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NASA Selects Seven Firms To Provide Near-Space Flight Services

We appreciate the support and endorsements following our press release earlier this week where we announced we've entered into agreements with seven companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms. We look forward to working with all of these companies to develop and provide flight opportunities for the community.


WASHINGTON ...

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Suborbital Spaceflight panel from NewSpace2011

The video of the suborbital spaceflight panel at the NewSpace 2011 conference has been made available online. One of the 5 panelists is Dougal Maclise, Payload Manager of the Flight Opportunities Program.

Commercial Suborbital Spaceflight Presentation Video

Kim Ennico's talk on Commercial Suborbital Spaceflight from June 15th at the SETI institute in Mountain View, California is now available online. See the embedded video below.

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