IOS Mobile Land-Launch System (MLLS) with Strongback, Launch Pedestal, and Launch Crew
MOJAVE-12.06.2015--- Interorbital's assembly team has completed the development and construction of its Mobile Land-Launch System (MLLS). The MLLS hardware is designed to support the launch of a guided, single Common Propulsion Module (CPM). MLLS can be trailored to any land-launch location and used to facilitate suborbital space launches. A single CPM, also designated the SR-145, is designed to loft a payload of 145-kg to an apogee of 310-km. This altitude will also be the standard orbital altitude for IOS' nanosatellite launches. When flown as a suborbital sounding rocket, the SR-145 will provide experimenters with approximately 8 minutes of good-quality microgravity with a payload recovery option. Now booking!
IOS is also completing the construction of its Vertical Ocean Launch System (VOLS). VOLS is based on the design of the Scripps Institute FLIP boat. Several of the system's backbone truss sections have been completed. VOLS will support IOS ocean-based suborbital and orbital space launches. The ocean-launch system will allow IOS to carry out space launches from any ocean location, to any orbital inclination, without the delays and high costs associated with existing land spaceports.
In addition, prototypes of a modified valve system and a new gimbal system have been completed and are being readied for hot-fire tests. The construction of the CPM Guidance Test Vehicle (CPM GTV) is also now complete. This rocket will be launched as soon as the gimballed static test firing cycle concludes.
Upcoming tests includes qualifying static ground-tests of the CPM rocket engine and gimbal system; a low-altitude guidance-test launch of the CPM GTV; and a space-altitude launch of an SR-145.
Interorbital's Mobile Land-Launch System Completed! Ocean-Launch System in Work
VOLS (Vertical Ocean Launch System)Truss Sections under Construction at IOS' MASP Headquarters