John Quinn, Exos COO, reported that the FAA has accepted the firm's launch license and the company is on track for starting commercial launches later this year. Exos has been working toward making commercial spaceflight a reality since the company's inception, and the tie down test is a critical step towards the firm's Pathfinder launch coming up in the fourth quarter of this year from Spaceport America. Although virtual attendance is available through the Facebook live event, there is nothing like the feeling of a rocket engine firing in person — come to the Caddo Mills Airport in Caddo Mills, Texas, 75135, to experience what, for most, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
A Safety Briefing will be held on Saturday August 26 at 3:00 p.m. (sharp) with test fire scheduled at around 3:30 p.m. Anyone who wishes to view the launch must be here at 3:00 p.m. for the safety briefing. Viewers of the launch can go to http://www.exosaero.com about 10 minutes prior to the test to watch the event live on Facebook.
Exos is in the final phase of the Private Investment round to fund the company through to commercial operations.
John Quinn added that the company can serve payloads that were previously not feasible, or perform satellite risk mitigation measures to test experiments in space before committing to launch into LEO. The company brings those payloads directly back to the launch area about 20 minutes after launch. This opens up an entirely new level of discovery in space for research and manufacturing.