ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Spaceport America will be the site of the launch of a new suborbital rocket developed by EXOS, a Texas-based company that specializes in suborbital reusable vehicles.
Spaceport America and EXOS made a joint announcement Tuesday of the successful “tie down test” of the Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with Guidance, known as SARGE, at the Caddo Mills airport in Texas.
The test “connected all systems required for flight, and in full launch operations, fired the rocket engine using steel cables to hold the rocket to the test pad” in December, according to the new release.
“It is great to see such an innovative privately funded company entering these final phases of testing before launch of the EXOS SARGE vehicle at Spaceport America,” said Daniel Hicks, Spaceport America CEO in a statement.
Hicks said the testing brings the company one step closer to regular commercial launches at Spaceport America that can create “new high tech jobs in New Mexico.”