The Scorpius rockets were small experimental rockets designed by MicroSpace Inc. to develop a family of suborbital and small orbital vehicles.
This family used pressure-fed Kerosene / LOX engines as propulsion with all-composite pressurized tanks.
The Scorpius-SR-S was a vehicle with only one 5,000 lb. thrust engine. After one botched launch attempt, it made a low-altitude atmospheric flight.
The Scorpius-SR-XM-1 was a larger diameter vehicle with two 5,000 lb. thrust engine. It aslo made a low-altitude atmospheric flight.
A planned Scorpius-SR-XM-2 version of the former vehicle with one larger 20,000 lb. thrust engine was never flown. Further development of these vehicles did not happen.
No: TNo: Serial: Type: Date: LS Payload
- - Scorpius-SR-S 16.09.1998 *F WS R/D 1 1 Scorpius-SR-S 27.01.1999 * WS R/D 2 1 Scorpius-SR-XM-1 09.03.2001 * WS R/D Planned: 3 1 Scorpius-SR-XM-2 xx.xx.xxxx * WS R/D Failures: Flight 1: LOX-Valve failed to open, Rocket damaged, no lift off Launch sites: WS = White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, USA