Welcome to UP Aerospace Past
UP Aerospace has been actively conducting space flown and prototype test flight launch services
at Spaceport America since 2006. Our missions have encompassed a variety of clients ranging from government,
aerospace industry, and private individuals. Below you will find a brief summary of each of our contracted
missions listed in chronological order beginning with our most recent.
For more information about a particular mission and photos click on the mission
NASA's Summer of Innovation Educational Launch (SpaceLoft-5)
2011: UP Aerospace
conducts its 9th contracted launch from Spaceport America. This was the 5th SpaceLoft rocket
launch sent into space and the 3rd annual student educational launch sponsored by NASA and the New
Mexico Space Grant. Vehicle lift-off occurred at 7:21 am local time from the UP Aerospace launch complex located at
Spaceport America's vertical launch area. The vehicle performed a flawless mission reaching a Spaceport America
record setting altitude of 73.5 miles (118km) into space. The educational launch was supported by a collaborative
effort with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and the Department of Defense.
2nd Annual Student Educational and US Air Force Launch
2010: UP Aerospace
successfully launched the 4th SpaceLoft Rocket 70 miles into space. The vehicle spent four minutes in
the weightlessness of space before landing on the neighboring White Sands Missile Range. UP Aerospace delivered the
payloads to their customers within three hours after a flawless launch from Spaceport America. This launch campaign
to support educational initiatives was a combined effort between New Mexico Space Grant, UP Aerospace, Lockheed
Martin, and the Department of Defense.
Lockheed Martin Reusable Rocket Plane
10, 2009: This was
the third in a series of demonstration launches for the aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. The successful launch was
part of a rapid launch campaign that was completed in only a few days. UP Aerospace provided lean, low cost launch
operations support for the highly successful Lockheed Martin flight. The vehicle was flown from the UP Aerospace
Launch Complex located at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
MOOG-FTS "Midnight TestBed" Rocket Powered UAV Prototype
4, 2009: UP
Aerospace's reputation for low cost and fast turn operations captured the attention of aerospace legend MOOG
resulting in a contract to launch the MOOG-FTS "Midnight TestBed" autonomous rocket propelled demonstration
vehicle. The successful flight and contract was carried out in just a few months time providing research scientist
at MOOG valuable data and insight into the guidance, navigation, and control flight characteristics of their
prototype test vehicle. The vehicle was launched using the UP Aerospace remote launcher located at Spaceport
1st Annual New Mexico Space Grant Launch (SpaceLoft-3)
2009: This launch
of the SpaceLoft rocket was the 1st dedicated educational launch held at New Mexico's Spaceport America. The launch
was paid for and sponsored by Spaceport America, Lockheed Martin, New Mexico Space Grant, and UP Aerospace. The
launch provided the students of New Mexico with the opportunity to build, design, and launch their experiments. The
Department of Defense Operational Responsive Space (ORS) office provided a secondary payload that flew onboard the
SpaceLoft-3 launch vehicle.
Lockheed Martin Space Plane Prototype
12, 2008: This is
the second in a series of demonstration launches for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company that UP Aerospace was
under contract to support. This launch was a non-public, unpublished event at the request of Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin is testing proprietary advanced launch technologies. UP Aerospace was contracted by Lockheed Martin
to provide the launch services for the test flight including launch operations, Spaceport, and FAA launch
approvals, and recovery of the vehicle.
Advanced Technology Demo Launch for
Lockheed Martin Space Systems
December 19, 2007:
Lockheed Martin contracted
with UP Aerospace of Highlands Ranch, Colorado to provide launch operations for a small demonstration launch
at Spaceport America. The launch of the research vehicle was provided by UP Aerospace's launch facilities and
three man launch crew. All of the preparations, and the launch itself, were completed in record time from
contract signing to liftoff in less than three months time.
Rocket to Reach Space from Spaceport America (SpaceLoft-2)
28, 2007: SpaceLoft 2 was the first commercial rocket to
reach space from Spaceport America reaching an altitude of 73 miles. The successful launch of SpaceLoft 2 received
worldwide press due to the cremated remains on board of Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper and James Doohan, the actor
who played Scotty on the TV series Star Trek. Also on board this mission were experiments from the University of
Colorado in tandem with the NASA Space Grant and experiments from the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies
Spaceport America's Inaugural Commercial
Space Launch (SpaceLoft-1)
September 25, 2006:
This was the first UP Aerospace
launch and the first commercial launch from Spaceport America in New Mexico using the companies newly
completed launch complex. Thousands of people from around the world came to see this event. The
construction for Spaceport America had not begun, so most of the spectators for this historic
event listened to the countdown on the radio and watched the launch from as far away as 20 miles.
After a nearly 7 hour delay due to a radar transponder issue the vehicle was cleared to launch and took off at 2:15