An UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL suborbital rocket launched May 4 from New Mexico’s Spaceport America carrying student experiments to the edge of space.
“The SL-4 performed flawlessly, reaching an altitude of 70 miles [112.6 kilometers] and speeds of 5.5 times the speed of sound,” UP Aerospace President Jerry Larson said in a statement. “After returning from space, the rocket landed within the target area in White Sands Missile Range. All in all, it looks to be a perfect flight.”
The launch was sponsored by the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.