November 12, 2015 - ARCA tests the Accelerator in New Mexico

The Accelerator (the catapult) for the AirStrato aircraft was tested today at Las Cruces Airport. The same location was used by Northrop-Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The Accelerator is designed to bring the AirStrato from zero to take-off speed in less than a second. The AirStrato is one of the largest Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the world capable to take-off on a distance of 7m (21ft). For this test, the team built a dummy aircraft (the yellow steel structure), that simulated the real aircraft weight. Today's test was a success. The tests will continue for the next days, in order to increase the system's performance.
Like us on Facebook to see more pictures from our tests.





November 6, 2015 - AirStrato aircraft assembled at ARCA's facilities in New Mexico

AirStrato 0004 (red) and 0005 (blue), were assembled at ARCA's facilities at Las Cruces International Airport. The avionics integration is underway and the AirStrato flight tests will start in short time at Spaceport America. Meanwhile, the aircraft is going through the FAA certification process.





October 5, 2015 - ARCA Team first meeting in Las Cruces

The first meeting of ARCA Team took place at our facilities in Las Cruces International Airport. Our new employees are all New Mexico residents, as ARCA is decided to support the local economy. Almost all new employees are New Mexico State University graduates, qualified as aerospace and avionics engineers, mechanics and electrical technicians. This team will be in charge with AirStrato flight tests at Spaceport America, tests that will begin at the end of this year.





September 1, 2015 - Spaceport America and ARCA Space Corporation announce partnership for space launch vehicle and high altitude autonomous aircraft testing

Spaceport America - the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport announced today ARCA Space Corporation has selected Spaceport America as the site for its space launch vehicle and high altitude autonomous aircraft testing.

ARCA will engineer, manufacture, test and bring to market innovative and affordable aerospace products such as the AirStrato UAS and Haas rocket series from its new global headquarters.

Spaceport America's facilities and access to protected airspace offer unique opportunities for test flights and experimental operations that complement the capabilities of Las Cruces International Airport and New Mexico State University's Physical Sciences Laboratory UAS Flight Test Center, together enabling ARCA Space Corporation to leverage the full suite of aerospace capabilities offered by southern New Mexico.

"Only in New Mexico did we find the perfect combination of aerospace assets, airspace and affordability," emphasized Dumitru Popescu, Founder and CEO of ARCA Space Corporation. "Proximity to Spaceport America and the expansive access to airspace were crucial factors in our decision to locate our global headquarters to Las Cruces, New Mexico in the United States."

Beginning later this year, ARCA Space Corporation expects to be operating autonomous aircraft testing activities at Spaceport America with space launch activity beginning in 2016.

Download the press release here.



Other programs

News Archive

ARCHIVE 2012-2013
ARCHIVE 2009-2011
ARCHIVE 2002-2008