News 2020

May 27, 2020

U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) awards ARISE program

The Team of Invocon, Inc., KT Engineering Corporation, and Troy 7, Inc. has been awarded a Prototype Project Award by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) for the Aerospike Rocket Integration and Suborbital Experiment (ARISE). Awarded through the Space Enterprise Consortium® (SpEC) and managed by the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) Rocket Lab at Edwards AFB, California, the project will demonstrate flight in a sub-orbital flight test of a launch vehicle utilizing a single rocket engine with an annular aerospike nozzle, modular thrust cells, and modular turbomachinery.

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This sub-scale 3D-printed model shows the ARISE vehicle in its flight configuration. The landing gear (black “fins”) provide additional stability during flight and are deployed prior to landing. The ARISE vehicle is approximately 40 feet tall with an eight-foot diameter. Its payload deck can accommodate payloads of up to 84” diameter by 143” high with a mass of up to 6,600 pounds.