NASA Flight Tests Generation Orbit’s Hypersonic Testbed

NASA and Generation Orbit Launch Services Inc. (GO) in Atlanta have completed the GO1 Inert Test Article captive carry flight test program. Under a public-private partnership with the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, GO developed the GO1-ITA, a mass properties and outer mold line simulator for the GO1 hypersonic flight testbed and earned NASA’s airworthiness approval for flight on NASA’s C-20A.

Generation Orbit Launch Services Inc. is working toward offering fast and dedicated space transportation services for small payloads. The air-launch approach was developed by the company to provide flexible launch capabilities and to reduce fixed infrastructure needs, launch costs, and the time from contract signature to launch.