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SpaceLoft XL


American single-stage commercial sounding rocket. Operational, first launch 2006.09.25.

Payload: 50 kg (110 lb) to a 225 km altitude. Failures: 2. First Fail Date: 2006-09-25. Last Fail Date: 2007-04-28.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 400 kg (880 lb).
Payload: 50 kg (110 lb).
Height: 6.10 m (20.00 ft).
Diameter: 0.25 m (0.82 ft).
Apogee: 225 km (139 mi).
First Launch: 2006.09.25.
Last Launch: 2011.05.20.
Number: 5 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • SpaceLoft Series of commercial suborbital rockets marketed by Up Industries. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
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...

Associated Stages

SpaceLoft XL 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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