Regulus’ autonomous operation, modular design, and controlled environment support a range of mission profiles. From orbital and suborbital launch to high altitude loiter, emergency extract, remote delivery, and drone operations. It can also serve as an experimental platform with fully regulated atmospheric and thermal conditions. Outside of launch operations, multiple Regulus platforms can work together for communication relays and point-to-point controlled tests at altitude.
Regulus was born of the unmet demand for a dedicated CubeSat launch provider that can deliver a tailored solution at the right price, in the right time, and to the right orbit. As such, our platform is optimized for placing CubeSats up to a 550 km sun-synchronous orbit from an automated aerostat launch at 60,000 feet. Moreover, our system is designed to provide a tailored delivery service that can place a payload in orbit with less than a week's notice.
Leo Aerospace suborbital launch can be performed at 60,000 feet and features a fully-enclosed housing for rocket and payload. Launching in this thinner atmosphere dramatically reduces dynamic pressure and enables payload environment flexibility. Missions can include flight profiles up to a 1,500 km apogee. Upon attaining desired suborbital altitude, the rocket and payload will return to Earth via parachute assisted descent for full mission recovery.
Regulus provides a platform for remote delivery of customizable earth-bound payloads. Typical missions might include regions where helicopter, drone, or fixed-wing operations are not realistic, safe, or economically sustainable. For example, Regulus can ascend to 60,000 feet, loiter, and deploy a glider – or multiple gliders – containing humanitarian supplies or emergency communications gear for delivery several hundred kilometers away.
Leo Aerospace’s Regulus platform is fully-compatible with hydrogen and helium aerostats for longer-duration loiter operations. Moreover, when leveraging the hot air aerostat, its modular payload bay can lift up to 3,500 kg to 18 km (or up to 23,000 kg at lower altitudes) of remote sensing, communications, or technical gear for specialized missions. Regulus’ rotational control system provides exceptional maneuverability and its payload can maintain optimal temperature and pressure for technical gear operation.
HIGH ALTITUDE LOITER
Regulus’ ability to conduct operations autonomously, remotely, and at high altitude make it an excellent solution for emergency extraction, life support, and deployment of assets or gear. One mission might include pre-positioning Regulus (uninflated in a sealed container) in a remote, high-altitude mountainous region not serviceable by helicopters for lift, weather (low ceiling), or temperature constraints. In this situation, Regulus could provide automated human extraction of up to 23,000 kg in its fully pressurized payload module. Another solution might entail pre-positioning Regulus (uninflated in a sealed container) on container ships for emergency human or high-value cargo egress in the event of pirating or extreme seas.
Leo Aerospace is capable of supporting multiple Regulus platform missions that open an entire new world of high-altitude possibilities. These include everything from communication bridges to innovative platform-to-platform exchanges at various altitudes and regions. For example, multiple Regulus platforms can be tethered at different altitudes or across different geolocations at the same altitude. Other missions could include autonomous observation of sea, land, air, or space-based events from multiple locations or altitudes on demand.
Regulus provides a first-of-its-kind platform for tech demonstration, drop-testing, and high-altitude research. In addition to its high maneuverability and flexible lift configurations, Regulus’ modular mission payload containers can support up to 23,000 kg of gear in a temperature and pressure-controlled environment. Drop tests can be performed at over 60,000 feet and use a proprietary guided tethering mechanism for multiple fall and return-to-platform experiments. Other uses include radiation and micro-gravity testing at various altitudes and thermal profiles.
Regulus can serve as a hub for remote drone operations. With the capability for lifting and delivering up to 23,000 kg per platform. Scenarios include pre-positioning Regulus in open ocean to provide food, parts, and emergency supplies to cargo ships or ocean craft in lieu of a costly port visit – reducing transit times while saving fuel. Other use cases include providing an automated inbound and outbound delivery system for goods and supplies from remote stations out of helicopter range.