Leo Aerospace is developing a high-altitude launch system to enable the next wave of innovation in space. Our launch platform is built specifically for dedicated launch of small satellites. Leo Aerospace's vehicle is designed for a typical mission of placing 25 kg to 550 km sun-synchronous orbit but can service a range of missions with payload capacity up to 57 kg.
Our fully reusable, autonomous aerostat carries a rocket to 60,000 feet in altitude prior to launch. By launching at this altitude, aerodynamic and gravitational losses are reduced for the rocket, cutting energy requirements to orbit by over 10% and the overall size of the rocket by more than 50%.
Aerostats are also uniquely capable as robust platforms for heavy lift operations at high altitudes, enabling numerous missions aside from launch. Our multi-mission modular payload system can carry up to 3,500 kg to 18 km or up to 23,000 kg to lower altitudes as illustrated on our Mission Profiles page.
Moreover, Leo Aerospace's orbital launch system requires zero fixed-site launch infrastructure and is entirely mobile. With this architecture, we can provide on-demand, flexible, and low-cost small satellite launch facilitating access to space.
Regulus Orbital is Leo Aerospace's premier high-altitude orbital launch platform. A fully and rapidly reusable craft, Regulus requires minimal refurbishment over lifetime operations. Autonomous flight control provides optimized flight capabilities in a range of weather and mission envelopes. Additionally, its on-board, autonomous, command and control infrastructure continuously assesses system health. Regulus is equipped with a rotational control system, comprised of a series of bipropellant thrusters. This system is capable of controlling the entire platform’s yaw and roll profiles. Regulus Orbital is designed for a typical mission of placing 25 kg to 550 km sun-synchronous orbit but can service a range of missions with payload capacity up to 57 kg with no fixed ground infrastructure.
INSULATED COMPOSITE BODY
LIGHTWEIGHT SHELL WITH OPTIMIZED
AERODYNAMICS FOR A RANGE OF ALTITUDES
ROTATIONAL CONTROL THRUSTERS
4 BIPROPELLANT, SECONDARY COMBUSTION AUGMENTED THRUSTERS
PROVIDE FULL CONTROL OF YAW AND ROLL PROFILES
HIGH AND LOW ALTITUDE BURNERS
IN STAGGERED CONFIGURATION FOR REDUNDANCY
HIGH STRENGTH ACTUATOR
SPACE GRADE ALUMINUM
6 MOUNTS CONFIGURABLE FOR VARIOUS LIFT PLATFORMS
PROPRIETARY RAIL LAUNCHER
ENABLES SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM
CAPTIVE CARRY TO ORBITAL FLIGHT
FULLY MOBILE SOLUTION
ENTIRE ORBITAL LAUNCH SYSTEM FITS WITHIN 40 FOOT ISO CONTAINER
Containers can be placed on semi-trucks, ships at sea or air-deployed. Uniflated aerostat and inflation infrastructure also contained within this single unit. Structure designed for sustained storage or global pre-positioning. Trailer cab serves as initial communications station for launch.
Regulus Multi-Mission is Leo Aerospace's premier high-altitude suborbital launch, loiter, and testing platform. A fully and rapidly reusable craft, Regulus requires minimal refurbishment over lifetime operations. Autonomous flight control provides optimized flight capabilities in a range of weather and mission envelopes. Its on-board, autonomous, command and control infrastructure continuously assesses system health. Regulus is equipped with a rotational control system, comprised of a series of bipropellant thrusters. This system is capable of controlling the entire platform’s yaw and roll profiles. Mission profiles include suborbital launch, remote delivery, high-altitude loiter, experimental testing, surveillance, and emergency extract, among others.
FORWARD PLATFORM DOOR
FULLY SEALS TO MAINTAIN OPERATING ENVIRONMENT
HOUSES CAMERA FOR REMOTE REAL-TIME VIDEO
DROPDOWN BAY DOOR
SUBORBITAL ROCKET ILLUSTRATED
PREPARED FOR LAUNCH
HEAT RESISTANT STRUCTURE
LOW FRICTION INTERFACE
Orbital rocket features solid motor first and second stages, and bipropellant third stage. High manufacturability supports high production rates and economies of scale. Minimal infrastructure requirements allow truly flexible launch operations.
EXPENDED FIRST AND SECOND STAGES
RECOVERED UNDER PARACHUTE
ENABLES HIGH ACCURACY FOR
CUSTOMIZED ORBITAL INSERTION
HIGH ALTITUDE OPERATION REDUCES AMBIENT
PRESSURE VARIANCE IN FLIGHT ENVELOPE
ENABLES GREATER EFFICIENCY FOR FIXED NOZZLE GEOMETRY
STANDARDIZED PAYLOAD INTEGRATION VARIANTS
TAILORED TO CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS
25 kg to 550 km SSO
ORBITAL ROCKET SPECIFICATIONS
1U = x18
2U = x9
3U = x8
6U = x4
12U = x2
Design Point for Commercial Offering:
25 kg to 550 km SSO
Maximum SSO Payload:
33 kg to 550 km SSO
Maximum Circular Payload:
57 kg to 300 km circular
Suborbital rocket uses a high performance solid motor to support high manufacturability and streamlined operations. Motor size can be customized to satisfy mission requirements for apogee and duration in micro gravity.
SUB-ORBITAL ROCKET SPECIFICATIONS
100 kg to 400 km altitude
CONTROLLED DROP TESTING
MODULAR PAYLOAD PACKAGES
MODULAR PAYLOAD SPECIFICATIONS
3,500 kg to 18 km or up to 23,000 kg to lower altitudes
Controlled to Client Requirements
Controlled to Client Requirements
MULTI-MISSION PLATFORM CONFIGURATION
PRIMARY LIFT AEROSTATS
ILLUSTRATED SIZE PROFILE AS INFLATED AT 60,000 FEET
ILLUSTRATED SIZE PROFILE AS UNINFLATED AT SEA LEVEL
CONSISTENT SIZE PROFILE THROUGHOUT MISSION