The Sprite Mini-Lift Vehicle: Performance, Cost and Schedule Projections for the First of the Scorpius Low-Cost Launch Vehicles

Abstract: Scorpius® is a Microcosm program, under two Phase III Small Business Innovation Research contracts at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate. The Scorpius® program is to develop an entirely new launch vehicle family with the objective of reducing total launch…

Private, Commercial, and Student-Oriented Low-Cost Deep-Space Missions: A Global Survey of Activity

Abstract: Primary mission objectives for most deepspace missions to date have emphasized acquiring scientific data and expanding our understanding of the solar system; some contemporary missions target advanced technology demonstration with science as a secondary objective. All missions so far have been sponsored by one or more…