|Country of origin||United States|
|Height||20 ft (6 m)|
|Diameter||10.45 in (26.5 cm)|
|Mass||780 lb (354.5 kg)|
140 miles (225 km) apogee
|110 lb (50 kg)|
|Launch sites||Spaceport America|
|First flight||25 September 2006|
|Thrust||8240 lbf (36.6kN)|
|Burn time||12 seconds|
The SpaceLoft XL is a sounding rocket developed by UP Aerospace. The rocket has a diameter of 10 inches (25 cm), and is 20 feet (6 m) long. It is capable of lofting a 110 lb (50 kg) payload to a sub-orbital trajectory with an apogee of 140 miles (225 km). It takes only 90 seconds to cross the Kármán line (the "edge of space").
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The first launch, SL-1 was made at 2:14 p.m. local time (20:14 UTC) on September 25, 2006, from Spaceport America, in Upham, New Mexico. During its maiden flight, it experienced an "unexpected aerodynamic effect" and crashed in the New Mexico desert after reaching only 40,000 feet (12 km).
The second launch, SL-2 originally scheduled for October 21, 2006, was successfully carried out on April 28, 2007 at 8:56 a.m. local time (14:56 UTC). UP Aerospace president Jerry Larson had said the rocket was assembled and had been on the launch rail since Tuesday (24 April). The primary payload, Celestis Legacy, consisted of cremated human remains including those of astronaut Gordon Cooper and Star Trek actor James Doohan, whose ashes were also on board the ill-fated Falcon 1 when it malfunctioned in August 2008.
The third launch, SL-3 was conducted at 14:00 UTC on 2 May 2009, carrying student experiments and the Discovery payload for Celestis, had an electronic anomaly causing an early separation and failed to reach the correct apogee. UP Aerospace has conducted a total of 9 launches, 5 of them SpaceLoft XL rockets. SL-5 reached a Spaceport altitude record of 73.5 miles (388,080 ft) on May 20, 2011.
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