The SARGE rocket carried several small research payloads and was intended to reach a peak altitude of 80 kilometers. It only reached a peak altitude of about 20 kilometers before gliding back to a landing about 1.2 kilometers from the launch pad.
The SARGE vehicle is based on the STIG B platform developed as part of Armadillo Aerospace's lunar lander program. The SARGE vehicle employs a LOX-ethanol propulsion module based on the LE23000FC series engines, producing approximately 5500 lbs of thrust. The airframe is a reusable sounding rocket with a 20 inches (51 cm) diameter, and is 36 feet (11 m) tall. Helium pressurant cold gas thrusters provide attitude control for pitch-roll-yaw and pointing capability. Payload must fit inside a 20 inches (51 cm) diameter cylinder, be no more than 36 inches (91 cm) tall (in its standard configuration) and weigh no more than 50 kilograms (110 lb).
Sarge 1 successfully landed back on Earth.Result: Successful Parachute Landing landing at Spaceport America.
Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies is an aerospace manufacturer and developer of reusable launch systems intended to support unmanned orbital spaceflight launches, and is based in Caddo Mills, Texas.INFO WIKI