Deimos-One Announces Reusability Plans For Vulcan Launch Vehicle
Las Vegas, Nevada, 14th January 2021
EXCLUSIVE: Deimos-One details plans to increase launch frequency with autonomous ascent and landing.
Las Vegas Aerospace Startup Deimos-One has revealed plans to recover and re-fly its Vulcan launch vehicle. The move aims to enable Deimos-One to increase launch frequency by eliminating the need to build a new first stage for every mission.
Work on Deimos-One’s Vulcan first stage reuse program began in early 2020, and the company recently completed the first flight test, confirming suborbital and deep space usage for the stratospheric launch platform.
The company plans to implement the reuse of Vulcan in multiple phases. The first phase will see Deimos-One attempt to recover the UAV from the ocean and have it shipped back to the Deimos-One Production Complex for refurbishment. The second phase will see Vulcan attempt to autonomously land in a pre-designated zone. Deimos-One plans to begin first stage recovery attempts in the coming year.
A major step towards Deimos-One’s reusability plans was completed on the company’s most recent launch, Mission 89P13, which launched on 30 December from Launch Complex 1 in Southern Nevada.
The launch vehicle carried critical instrumentation and experiments that provided valuable data to inform development efforts for Deimos-One’s recently announced plans for the recovery and re-use of Vulcan’s first stage. All parts were recovered, and Deimos-One plans to reuse them in future flights.
The next Vulcan mission, scheduled for launch in March, will carry more sophisticated recovery instrumentation.
Deimos-One Co-Founder and CEO Jamin Thompson says reusing the Vulcan launch vehicle will enable Deimos-One to reduce production time and costs, as well as increase launch frequency.
“We started this company with a vision, and from the very first day we opened our doors our mission has been to make access to space not only affordable, but also a whole lot simpler. Reusing a launch vehicle is a complex challenge, but we are developing and testing technology that will make autonomous landing and recovery very possible for Vulcan. We are incredibly excited to put that technology to the test with a stage recovery attempt in the coming year. That said, these are very difficult problems to solve, and as an industry I believe we have reached a point where a lot of the research and work being done in aerospace sounds like science fiction – but it’s only science fiction until someone actually solves the problem. Then it’s reality. With Vulcan, we are demonstrating that suborbital and deep space missions can be launched quickly and safely from stratospheric levels of 100,000 feet or more, making the deployment of scientific research, surface imaging, and tactical communications missions a lot faster, more cost-effective and efficient.
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Deimos-One is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company that designs and develops advanced multi-use rockets and tactical ground robotic systems. Its mission is to create affordable, reliable access to space and build a sustainable civilization for future generations.
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The goal of Mission 89P13 (The Vulcan Project) is to build a future where access to space is frequent, safe, reliable, and affordable for everyone. Vulcan 1 is one of the most cost-effective launchers in the world – designed to support a frequent, high-volume launch capacity, Vulcan offers greater flexibility to launch and deploy mission specific payloads into orbit at a low cost.