2nd Annual Student Educational and
US Air Force Launch (SL-4)
May 4, 2010
(SL-4) rocket was host to the 2nd annual Educational launch for the New Mexico Space Grant. In addition
to students’ experiments, 30 cremated remains of people were on board, paid for by family members seeking a
novel tribute to their loved ones. Two secondary payloads were onboard this flight including
one from the Department of Defense and one for the US Air Force.
The rocket roared 70 miles above the earth and spent about four minutes in space before re-entering the atmosphere.
The payload landed under its new ultra soft recovery system tested at Spaceport America last
month on a simulated full size payload.
Recovery was at the Army's White Sands Missile Range, which also
provided a helicopter crew for pickup. The payloads were then flown back to Spaceport America where UP
Aerospace then delivered the payloads to their customers within 3 hours after the launch in
"The launch of our fourth SpaceLoft rocket was a huge success
today... all systems functioned as planned" Jerry Larson of UP Aerospace said. "We had a lot of people
working on this. We had Lockheed Martin, the Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space office, and
Schafer Corporation, all working to make this flight successful." " we are fortunate to have such great
Above Photo: Less than 3 hours after launch UP Aerospace President
Jerry Larson (Left) delivers a US Air Force payload to its contractor
Vulcan Wireless President and CEO Kevin Lynaugh (Right). The Air Force payload functioned perfectly
during its 4 minutes of weightlessness in space. (copyright: UP Aerospace Inc 2010)