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Vaya Space Completes Suborbital Test Launch

Easygoing, Nontoxic Rocket Makes Headway in Testing

Vaya Space successfully launched its hybrid rocket on a suborbital course from Mojave, California at the end of January, demonstrating the utility of the design. 

Unlike other launch systems, Vaya's rocket uses 3D printed fuel grains created from recycled thermoplastics. They hope that the launch will allow them to pick up the pace to reach the market as they scale for production. If all goes well, they hope to have their first commercial orbital launch planned for 2023. 

Besides the 3D-printed components, the proprietary Vaya STAR-3DTM Engine represents a more benign alternative to the usual high-output but volatile fuels used in launch systems. The STAR is "highly stable, non-toxic, non-hazardous and non-explosive at ambient temperatures and pressures," said Vaya. They hope that the ease of handling will allow it to be stored, transported, and handled, in addition to lending it credible sustainability for additional bragging rights over competitors. The company has already obtained a Space Act Umbrella agreement with NASA, and secured its first launch contracts. With launch slots already reserved through 2023 and 2024, it's up to their marketing to start moving some tickets. 

Robert Fabian, Vaya President, said, “Creating new technology is not without its challenges. This achievement follows over 90 successful static hot fire tests and is a true testament of our innovative engineering and dedicated team.”

“Now that we’ve successfully flight tested our technology, Vaya Space is ready to disrupt the smallsat launch services market; providing unmatched safety, affordability and eco-friendly access to space,” added Vaya VP Jack Blood.



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