Suborbital Missions to be Launched Into School Cirriculums

EXOS Aerospace announced last month that they are committing to education. The company is working with partners to create school programs for grades K-12. These programs are using suborbital flight as part of a Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) curriculum. EXOS is based in Caddo Mills, Texas – just outside DFW. They develop suborbital reusable space launch vehicles for payload customers, who want quick access to the ability to fly and recover their payload.

According to EXOS, the programs that they create will cost “less than what is often spent on a high school football teams uniforms”.  They expect to keep costs down for schools that implement the programs by utilizing dollar for dollar grants. The programs they are developing with partners Arete, Edge of Space, and Quest for Stars, will enable K-12 grade students to work on experiments that involve building, testing and flying their own CubeSats into suborbital space. EXOS explained that this kind of experience will be invaluable on students’ college applications.

The educational program will include step-by-step instructions on building a CubeSat project, as well as some optional assistance with the building materials. After the CubeSat has been launched, it can be returned and used over and over again by utilizing EXOS’s reusable rockets.

The EXOS team has had multiple contracts with NASA, and in 2012 became the first FAA-licensed launch operator from Spaceport America, New Mexico. They are focused on the biological, pharmaceutical, medical, and space manufacturing markets. EXOS expects to host their first NASA payload later this year.

Chastiny Lewis
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