August 9, 2011. UP Aerospace was awarded a NASA contract to integrate payloads and launch them into space for the Office of Chief Technologist Launch Opportunities program. The NASA missions will be flown on board the proven SpaceLoft rocket and launched from the UP Aerospace launch complex at New Mexico's Spaceport America. Schafer Corporation is UP Aerospace's partner that will provide payload integration services for NASA payloads.
May 20, 2011. At 7:21am MDT UP Aerospace launched the fifth SpaceLoft XL (SL-5) rocket into space with full mission success. A new altitude record was set for Spaceport America with the launch of SL-5 reaching 73.5 miles on its 13.5 minute flight into space and back. The space flown payloads were recovered on White Sands Missile Range and returned to the customers within two hours of launch, setting a new standard for commercial mission turn time.