GPRE 0.1KNTA Thruster Test with VIRUS-1 Lunar Lander Prototype at IOS' Mojave Air and Space Port Test Site 2.
MOJAVE-02.14.2015---Hardware and software development associated with IOS' rocket guidance system has been ongoing since the launch of the CPM TV. Several tests of its throttleable thrusters have been successfully completed. Guidance test items include an Interorbital-designed quadcopter and a rocket-propelled hover craft that also serves as a prototype for the company's Lunar landing vehicle. The quadcopter has allowed Interorbital to safely develop the first iteration of its unique adaptive guidance software. The IOS Lunar lander prototype (designated the VIRUS-1) is powered by the same on-off hypergolic thrusters that will steer the NEPTUNE-series launch vehicles. Eight 100-lb (448-n) thrusters will provide pitch, yaw, and roll control. The guidance system utilizes a low-cost IMU and adaptive guidance software developed by Interorbital. As soon as the static tests of the system are completed, the vehicle's landing legs and head will be added and tethered tests will begin (when the lander is configured in its complete form, it will become evident why the vehicle has been designated the VIRUS). A spaceflight-qualified version of the VIRUS-1 will be used for both a Google Lunar X Prize mission and the IOS sample-return missions.
Interorbital's Guidance System Test Program Moves Forward!!
Interorbital Expands Operations to the Port of Los Angeles and Begins Construction of its Ocean Launch Platform!!
MOJAVE-02.14.2015--- Interorbital has completed the design of its unique 25-ton vertical ocean launch system and has begun its construction in Mojave. As soon as patent applications have been filed, images of the launch system will be published. In addition, Interorbital has acquired a launch-staging area at the Port of Los Angeles. Upon completion and testing of the ocean-launch system, Interorbital will fly a guided version of the CPM TV to verify and flight-qualify both the guidance system and the ocean-launch system. That launch will take place from the Pacific Ocean west of the Port of Los Angeles. Interorbital will launch several commercial payloads on this test flight; both payloads and rocket are expected to be recovered. The following scheduled launch will be a full-performance CPM (the SR 145) targeting an altitude of 310-km with a 145-kg payload, again from the Pacific Ocean.