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June 21, 2013: UP Aerospace successfully launches SpaceLoft 7 for NASA
The SpaceLoft rocket lifted off at 7:57 a.m. (MT), on a suborbital mission carrying seven payloads for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. The seven payloads represent experiments to develop and advance future technologies. Additionally, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium flew educational experiments representing students from high school through Universities. Also on board were Celestis Memorial Spaceflight Capsules, launching a symbolic portion of cremated remains of 36 individuals on a final mission into space. The execution of this mission is part of the contract awarded to UP Aerospace by NASA in 2011, to provide low cost commercial launch services to NASA. This mission marks the first fully manifested space flight for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program. During the post flight press conference, Jerry Larson, President of UP Aerospace stated, “This mission was a complete success where all systems performed perfectly.” He also commended NASA for paving the way for NASA’s use of commercial launch services. Jerry Larson announced that, “UP Aerospace is looking forward to the launch of SpaceLoft 8 for NASA this fall.” The SpaceLoft 8 launch is scheduled for October 9, 2013. Jerry Larson said, UP Aerospace is already working the payload integration for this mission.

April 5, 2012: UP Aerospace Launches Payloads Into Space for the DoD and NASA Flight Opportunities Program
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) At 8:18 a.m. SpaceLoft-6 lifted off from Spaceport America making this the 6th space launch and the 10th launch overall for UP Aerospace. In an awesome display of space flight technology the vehicle reached an altitude of 385,640 feet, and returned from space landing successfully on White Sands Missile Range. SpaceLoft-6 carried payloads for The Department of Defense (ORS), as well as the first space flown payload for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. “The vehicle performed perfectly from liftoff to touchdown”, said UP Aerospace President, Jerry Larson. He added, “This is a proud day for us in being able to display the remarkable performance of the SpaceLoft vehicle with proven performance, precision, safety, and mission success.”

March 16, 2012: Department of Defense Sets Launch Date for SpaceLoft-6 mission
(Albuquerque New Mexico) The Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space Office (ORS) located at Kirtland AFB has contracted a commercial sub-orbital launch service with UPAerospace Corporation on their SpaceLoft™ XL rocket. The SpaceLoft™ XL launch vehicle is targeting 70 miles (112 km) in altitude and 33.7 miles downrange on a sub-orbital trajectory flight profile carrying multiple ORS payloads. Launches of SpaceLoft™ XL are conducted from Spaceport America’s Launch Pad One in New Mexico and recovered after landing from the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). The sixth launch of the SpaceLoft vehicle will be the first fully manifested DoD flight. The mission is currently proceeding on schedule for launch on 5 Apr 2012. To learn more about Operationally Responsive Space visit: www.ors.csd.disa.mil

December 12, 2011: Lockheed Martin Selects UP Aerospace as a Subcontractor for the Air Force Reusable Booster System (RBS) Pathfinder Program
(Denver Colorado) Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force worth up to $250M to develop and demonstrate a sub-scale Pathfinder vehicle of the Reusable Booster System (RBS). Lockheed Martin awarded UP Aerospace a subcontract to support the RBS Pathfinder program in the areas of ground operations, and flight testing at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The first phase award is a 9 month requirements development contract with a follow on phase that is expected to span 4 years with multiple flight demonstrations beginning in 2015. The RBS Pathfinder is a reusable, winged, rocket powered, autonomous flight test vehicle that will be used to validate key technologies of the future full scale RBS.

December 6, 2011: Department of Defense Sets Launch Date for a Multi-Manifested Space Launch
(Denver Colorado) The U.S. Department of Defense Operational Responsive Space (ORS) office has selected March 7th 2012 for the launch of SpaceLoft-6. This will be the 6th launch of the SpaceLoft suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (sRLV) from Spaceport America and the 10th mission that UP Aerospace has conducted from the new spaceport in New Mexico since becoming operational in 2006. The sub-orbital mission is set to reach an altitude of 115 km and experience more than 4 minutes of microgravity time. The DoD plans to launch a full manifest of payloads on board the SpaceLoft that will include more than 7 individual payloads and experiments demonstrating rapid payload build and launch. “This launch will once again demonstrate that SpaceLoft is the leader in reliable, economical, sub-orbital vehicles on the market today.” said Jerry Larson, President and Founder of UP Aerospace.

October 5, 2011: NASA Buys 2 Sub-Orbital Flights with Options for Additional 6 Launches
(Denver Colorado) NASA’s Office of Chief Technologist Launch Opportunities Program has awarded UP Aerospace a contract to integrate technology payloads and launch them into space on up to 8 flights using the company's SpaceLoft rocket. The launch contract is part of the 2 year IDIQ contract awarded to the firm on August 9, 2011. The contract reserves 2 SpaceLoft launches with options to purchase 6 additional flights in 2012 and 2013. The first flight for NASA is in the planning phase and is expected to be launched from Spaceport America in the 1st quarter of 2012. UP Aerospace has teamed with Schafer Corporation to provide NASA with comprehensive launch and payload integration services.

September 16, 2011: UP Aerospace is Awarded a DoD Sub-Orbital Launch Contract
(Denver Colorado) The US Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office has awarded UP Aerospace a full manifested sub-orbital launch contract to be flown from Spaceport America in New Mexico. UP Aerospace will launch their sixth SpaceLoft for the DoD to an altitude of 115 km. This will be the forth mission flown by UP Aerospace for the DoD and the first fully dedicated launch for the defense agency. The official launch date for this mission is under negotiations with the DoD but is anticipated to be in the first quarter of 2012.

August 9, 2011: UP Aerospace Wins NASA Launch Contract
(Denver Colorado) UP Aerospace was awarded a NASA contract to integrate payloads and launch them into space for the Office of Chief Technologist Launch Opportunities program. The NASA missions will be flown on board the proven SpaceLoft rocket and launched from the UP Aerospace launch complex at New Mexico's Spaceport America. Schafer Corporation is UP Aerospace's partner that will provide payload integration services for NASA payloads.

May 20, 2011: UP Aerospace Successfully Launches 5th SpaceLoft rocket into Space
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) At 7:21am MDT UP Aerospace launched the fifth SpaceLoft XL (SL-5) rocket into space with full mission success. A new altitude record was set for Spaceport America with the launch of SL-5 reaching 73.5 miles on its 13.5 minute flight into space and back. The space flown payloads were recovered on White Sands Missile Range and returned to the customers within two hours of launch, setting a new standard for commercial mission turn time.

March 28, 2011: New Reusable Recovery System Successfully Tested at Spaceport America
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) UP Aerospace successfully tests a new reusable recovery system hardware in preparations for the up coming SpaceLoft launch. The full scale parachute deployment system was dropped from a Army Helicopter at 14,000 feet above Spaceport America at 10am MDT. Twenty seconds after release the new deployment mechanism functioned as planned deploying the drogue and main parachutes systems. Final preparations for the May 20th launch of the SpaceLoft vehicle are currently underway.

December 10, 2010: UP Aerospace Awarded Contract for NASA Launch
(Denver Colorado) The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium selects UP Aerospace to launch the SpaceLoft rocket into space in support of the NASA Summer of Innovation contract. The launch is schedule for April of 2011. This will be the fifth SpaceLoft rocket flown from Spaceport America by UP Aerospace and the ninth launch operation that the company has conducted under contract.

May 4, 2010: Successful Launch Into Space
(Spaceport America, New Mexico) UP Aerospace's SpaceLoft number 4 (SL-4) lifted off from Launch Pad One at Spaceport America this morning on its way to a successful mission that reached 71.5 miles into space. The payload section and all of the customers payloads were successfully recovered on White Sands Mission Range and returned to Spaceport America with a Army helicopter within 3 hours of the launch. The SpaceLoft vehicle performance was nominal and all systems functioned as planned.