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Xaero

Masten Space Systems
Xaero platform

Xaero vehicle on launchpad. Credit: Masten Space Systems


PLATFORM

Xaero is a reconfiguration from the Xoie platform that won Level II of the Lunar Lander Challenge. The company expects Xaero to begin higher altitude and higher speed flights in the fourth quarter of 2011. Xaero is expected to be able to carry a 10 kg payload to approximately 30 kilometers (or 100,000 feet) according to current models with higher masses at lower altitudes or shorter flight durations.

FLIGHT PROFILE

Xaero takes off and land vertically in the same place it launches from. The flight profile consists of launch, acceleration to Mach 0.9 throughout the majority of atmospheric resistance, then going full throttle before shutting off the engine.

During parabolic coast phase the payload experiences microgravity. As the vehicle descends back into the atmosphere and gains speed the coast phase ends. At this point the rocket stabilizes itself and falls towards the ground engine-first before the engine re-lights and lands the vehicle on the same pad used for takeoff.

Flight profiles have some flexibility for payload specific needs and are assessed on a per payload basis. Flight profiles on all vehicles can be modified for lower accelerations with minimal loss of altitude and microgravity time.

PAYLOAD CONFIGURATION

Xaero is the company’s first vehicle to use an aeroshell. Xaero and Xogdor (next generation platform) use the same basic aeroshell and payload bay design. The upper payload bay is roughly conical.

Payload placement slots are available in both the forward section of the nose cone or in smaller areas toward the aft end of the vehicle. As currently designed, Xaero's airframe allows for P-POD Cubesat carriers and single ESPA ring mounts as a standard payload format. Lower bays are limited in size and do not adhere to any existing payload interface standard.

See the Xaero Payload User's Guide (December 2011) for details. Please contact Sean Mahoney at sales@masten.aero or 888.488.8455 x122 for more information.

Ongoing

COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS

Xaero

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

VTVL / Unpiloted

TYPE

n/a

PASSENGERS

30 km

MAXIMUM ALTITUDE

5-6 minutes at 30 km (100,000 ft)

TYPICAL FLIGHT DURATION

12.5 sec (10 kg)
5.1 sec (40 kg)

TYPICAL DURATION OF MICROGRAVITY

<0.001 g

MICROGRAVITY LEVEL

10 kg

USEFUL PAYLOAD MASS AT 30 KM

+/- 2.5 deg during coast

POINTING ACCURACY

12VDC or 24VDC

POWER

Mojave Air and Space Port, CA

INITIAL SPACEPORT

Access to external environment

Telemetry (is coming)

Data storage provided

Reduced gravity capability

Middeck locker compatible

Windowed access to the outside



Payload User's Guide (Dec 2011) »

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