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SpaceLoft


Series of commercial suborbital rockets marketed by Up Industries.

Data given is for first-launched prototype.

Up Industries marketed launches from Spaceport America in New Mexico for commercial / scientific microgravity research, in-space payload release, meteorological research, atmospheric studies, and university space-launch programs (click here for more regarding educational opportunities. Their turnkey service included complete on-land recovery of experiments and data. Launches were offered for 'hundreds of dollars' and it was said that 16 launches had been booked through the end of 2007.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • SpaceLoft American sounding rocket. Series of commercial suborbital rockets marketed by Up Industries. Data given is for first-launched prototype. More...
  • SpaceLoft XL American single-stage commercial sounding rocket. Operational, first launch 2006.09.25. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Spaceport America Spaceport America was conceived in the early 1990s by the Southwest Space Task Force, a private group of New Mexican space activists. Studies led them to concentrate on 70 square-km of state-owned land, 72 km north of Las Cruces, New Mexico, near a locale known as Upham. In 2003 the governor and state legislature were finally sold on the idea of developing the site as America's premiere inland commercial spaceport. More...

SpaceLoft Chronology


2006 September 25 - . 20:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. LV Family: SpaceLoft. Launch Vehicle: SpaceLoft XL. FAILURE: Failure.
2007 April 28 - . 14:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. LV Family: SpaceLoft. Launch Vehicle: SpaceLoft XL. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test / burial mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: UP Aerospace. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi).

2009 May 2 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. LV Family: SpaceLoft. Launch Vehicle: SpaceLoft XL. LV Configuration: SpaceLoft XL SpaceLoft SL-3.
  • Education Launch - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2010 May 4 - . 12:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. LV Family: SpaceLoft. Launch Vehicle: SpaceLoft XL.
  • SpaceLoft SL-4 - . Nation: USA. Agency: UP Aerospace. Apogee: 113 km (70 mi). Summary: Microgravity payload.

2011 May 20 - . 13:21 GMT - . Launch Site: SWRS. LV Family: SpaceLoft. Launch Vehicle: SpaceLoft XL.
  • SL-5 - . Nation: USA. Summary: Education/burial mission.

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