UP Aerospace Anounces Three New Space Launches, Multiple New Customers, and Updates To Launch Calendar

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UP Aerospace -- http://www.upaerospace.com -- the world's premier supplier of low-cost space access, announces three new space launches, multiple new customers, and updates to launch calendar.

UP Aerospace, Inc., http://www.upaerospace.com the world's premier supplier of low-cost space access, has announced that it has added three new launches to its launch calendar. The payload and experiment volume of the company's first launch (SL-1), and its recently scheduled second launch (SL-2), are both 100% booked. Payload and experiment capacity on the third launch, SL-3, that is flying in conjunction with the X PRIZE CUP, is filling up rapidly. And a fourth launch, SL-4, is now in the queue.

In order to accommodate the rapidly filling roster of customers, and to allow the necessary flight hardware to arrive on site, UP Aerospace is adjusting its overall launch calendar. SL-1, the inaugural flight from New Mexico's Spaceport, is now slated to occur during the first part of September, with SL-2 following as soon as a week later.

Jerry Larson, company President and Chief Technology Officer, said, “The slight, couple-week adjustment in our schedule is only due to getting the rocket-motor casing delivered. All other hardware and launch-support equipment have come together nicely." Larson continued, "Needless to say, the new Spaceport is going to see a flurry of activity the remainder of this year. Our new facilities and vehicle-processing methods will allow us to be a very responsive space-launch provider, and we’re anxious to get it started. The particularly exciting news is that we now have two launches that will be conducted back-to-back from the Spaceport."

Customers announced.

Eric Knight, CEO of UP Aerospace, said, "A variety of companies, from the U.S. and Europe, have payloads onboard the SL-1 and SL-2 flights, literally 'launching' novel business initiatives." A company called ZG Aerospace specializes in providing space transportation for personal items -- business cards, rings, etc. And there are payloads from Realdream Association, a non-profit association created to pursue and promote space tourism in Italy and the world, especially Europe.

Knight also said, "One of our newest customers, Microgravity Enterprises, is flying special cargo on both of our SL-1 and SL-2 flights. Microgravity Enterprises is a company that is 'Bringing Space Down to Earth' (tm) with products and services for the average consumer. I don't want to steal their thunder about what they're flying. But it's amazing. You'll be hearing more about our current customers, and a variety of new ones coming onboard, very shortly. Stay tuned."

Dozens of space-flying payloads from the educational community.

Onboard UP Aerospace's SL-1 flight will be scientific and experimental payloads from the following universities: University of Colorado at Boulder, Brown University (co-developed with AeroAstro, Inc.), Central Connecticut State University, and New Mexico State University.

In addition to the university payloads, UP Aerospace will be flying into space over 40 experiments created by high school students. To open the space-access door to students at this level, UP Aerospace has partnered with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and the National Aerospace Leadership Initiative (NALI). These organizations have established "LaunchQuest" -- a novel program that lets youngsters conduct their own space-flight research.

UP Aerospace's SpaceLoft XL vehicle-launch capabilities.

  • 110-pound payload capacity.
  • 10,500-cubic-inches payload volume.
  • Payloads up to 10 inches in diameter and 7 feet long.
  • Opportunities for in-space payload deployment.
  • Space-flight profiles up to 140 miles / 225 km with a wide range of micro-gravity options.

UP Aerospace brings newfound affordability to launching significant-size payloads and sophisticated experiments into space. Complete on-land payload recovery and a wide range of tracking, telemetry, and avionics options, make UP Aerospace the perfect solution for both business and educational space-flight opportunities.

UP Aerospace is currently filling its flight manifest for the remainder of 2006, as well as for space launches in 2007 and 2008. The company intends to conduct up to 30 space launches per year. To inquire about flying an experiment or payload aboard an upcoming space launch, contact UP Aerospace at 1-877-UP-UP-321 (1-877-878-7321). Or visit http://www.upaerospace.com

For more information, contact:

Eric Knight, CEO

UP Aerospace, Inc.

(860) 673-2502

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