Company Profile

UP Aerospace is a space launch and flight test service provider incoporated in 2004 by founder Jerry Larson to offer world class access to space. We specialize in advanced engineering, launch technology development, and state-of-the-art rapid and low cost launch operations. UP Aerospace has successfully reduced the cost and scheduled time of launching experiments and commercial payloads into space with our in-house developed SpaceLoft launch platform. Our headquarters are located in Denver, Colorado, with launch facilities at Spaceport America in New Mexico.





About the Photo:  The SpaceLoft-4 was launched into space on May 4, 2010 from the UP Aerospace Launch Pad One.  The vehicle achieved an altitude of 71.5 miles and experienced 4 minutes of microgravity time.  (photo credit: Las Cruces Sun News) 



October 23, 2014 UP Aerospace completed the 3rd fully manifested flight for NASA
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) On October 23, 2014 at 7:33 a.m. MT UP Aerospace successfully launched SpaceLoft 9 into space for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, marking the third fully manifested flight for the FOP program. This mission set a new altitude record at Spaceport America achieving an altitude of 77.25 miles. Paul De Leon the Project Engineer for the Flight Opportunities Program stated, “We are very happy to have completed another successful flight with UP Aerospace, in which four developing technologies have been tested and exposed to weightlessness in space. These experimental technologies are in the process of maturation to eventually be utilized in future orbital and deep space missions. UP Aerospace has proven to be a reliable commercial suborbital launch service provider for the NASA Flight Opportunities Program. I’m looking forward to our next launch scheduled for the middle of next year.”

November 12, 2013: SpaceLoft 8 successfully launched for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) UP Aerospace launched SpaceLoft 8 on November 12, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. MT. This mission was for NASA funded research technologies, chosen by the Flight Opportunities Program as part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The vehicle flew to 385,000 feet providing the experiments with 3 minutes of microgravity. This mission is the second fully manifested space flight for the Flight Opportunities Program. "The SL-8 launch was a complete success," said NASA campaign manager Paul De Leon at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. "The UP Aerospace team provided an outstanding service, and the launch vehicle performed exceptionally well, just as planned. All of the payload teams were extremely happy with the flight and anxious to get their payloads back and analyze their data." Jerry Larson, President of UP Aerospace added, “we continue to develop new onboard technologies with increased versatility to open up new opportunities for future missions.”


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