Exos Aerospace is preparing for the first suborbital launch

The name Exos Aerospace is unlikely to be familiar even to people following the news of the aerospace industry. But in the near future this may change. Exos Aerospace is going to test its suborbital rocket next month. The carrier differs from its numerous analogues in that it is reusable.
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Exos Aerospace was founded by former employees of Armadillo Aerospace - a company established in 2000 by John Carmack. During his life, Carmack was engaged in a huge number of various high-tech projects, but for the general public, he is likely to remain forever the person who created the legendary computer games Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake.
Unfortunately, Carmack failed to repeat the same success in the aerospace industry. Carmack’s company was notable for its tiny staff (in 2010 it had only 7 full-time employees) and a relatively modest budget. Over the years, Armadillo Aerospace has participated in a number of competitions with varying success.aimed at supporting rocket startups such as the Lunar Lander Challenge and the X-Prize.
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Test of one of the missile prototypes of Armadillo Aerospace
In 2013, after an unsuccessful test of an experimental STIG-B rocket, Carmack decided to wind down all operations. Two years later, all the property of Armadillo Aerospace was transferred to Exos Aerospace. The newly created company decided to focus its efforts on the creation of reusable space technology.
Exos Aerospace suborbital rocket is called SARGE. March 17, she passed a test at the site of the company in Texas. The rocket was suspended from a crane and demonstrated the possibility of vertical hovering in the air, as well as the operation of navigation and communication systems. Now SARGE will have a full flight. April 7, the rocket will be launched from the spaceport "America" ​​in New Mexico. According to the plan, SARGE should reach a height of 80 km.
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Test missiles SARGE
If successful, Exos Aerospace intends to fight for the contracts of the program Flight Opportunities. It was created by NASA to support startups involved in the development of suborbital flight technologies and the creation of small spacecraft. Currently, companies such as Blue Origin, UP Aerospace and Virgin Galactic are members of Flight Opportunities.

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