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December 24, 2015 - ARCA introduces ArcaBoard

ARCA Space Corporation announced today that it has created ArcaBoard. For the first time in history, every person will be able to fly whenever they want, wherever they want. ArcaBoard represents the first revolutionary breakthrough in motion since the the bicycle, automobile and airplane.

ArcaBoard, an electric powered flying machine with 272 horsepower and 203,000 watts of installed power is the most powerful and lightest personal vehicle ever created. ArcaBoard represents total freedom of movement, total freedom of travel. ArcaBoard is a personal vehicle that can move in every possible direction including upwards. The retail price is $19,900 and is available for order now. Shipments will start April 15, 2016.

“ArcaBoard represents a revolution in motion. For the last 17 years we have developed aerospace technologies that looked to the sky. We took our knowledge and applied it to everyone’s dreams. Dreams of flying,” said Dumitru Popescu, CEO of ARCA Space Corporation.

ArcaBoard is built from composite materials, it has a length of 145x76x15 cm (57x30x6 inches) and a weight of 82 kg (180 lbs). This technology allows a person with a weight up to 110 kg (243 lbs) to be able to fly.

The vehicle is able to fly up to 30 cm (1 ft) and with speeds up to 20 km/h (12.5 mph) and the overall performance is limited by the onboard sensors. The maximum endurance is 6 minutes, but with the ArcaDock accessory the user can be back in action in 35 minutes. Download the press release here.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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August 24, 2015 - Chris Lang, appointed as COO of ARCA Space Corporation

Las Cruces, New Mexico - ARCA Space Corporation, a for-profit US corporation, announced today that it has appointed Chris Lang as chief operating officer. Lang has been a board member since March of 2015, and will now take a central operating role effective immediately.

"I first met Chris Lang seven months ago, while working on a media promotion project for ARCA," stated Dumitru Popescu, Founder/CEO of ARCA Space Corporation. "I myself am passionate about media production and we both noticed an immediate compatibility. His passion, love for detail, hard work, and commitment are exactly the qualities that make the ARCA team work. I knew quickly that Chris would be an asset to our team. Over time I also watched him in his role as founder and CEO of The LNG Company, and have continued to notice his wealth of experience as an executive. ARCA was in great need of a COO, and I knew that Chris would be a perfect fit for us in this role. When I asked Chris to join the board of directors, he didn't hesitate and said 'yes' immediately. So here we are, announcing that Chris Lang is the new chief operating officer of ARCA SPACE Corporation. It is well known that a good relationship between a CEO and COO is critical for any company's success, and I'm convinced that we have the right person for this role."

As chief operating officer, Lang will lead the company's global operating business across the Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and China/Asia Pacific, as well as overseeing ARCA Space Corporation's brand development and overall strategic direction.

"ARCA Space Corporation is a dynamic and visionary company that is full of passion and ambition and these are the very attributes that led us to this partnership," said Chris Lang. "With the leadership of Dumitru Popescu we will not only achieve new heights in the aerospace industry but also engineering technologies that will change the future in which we live and communicate."

 

 

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August 18, 2015 - New amazing job opportunities at ARCA Space Corporation

Las Cruces, New Mexico - ARCA Space Corporation, a for-profit US corporation, is looking for 10 passionate employees to join ARCA Space in their new office in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Available positions include: aerospace engineer, electrical engineer, computer programmer, electrical engineering technician, mechanical engineering technician, fiberglass laminators and fabricators, welder, solderer, brazing machine setters, operators, tenders, executive secretary, executive administrator and an office clerk.

"ARCA is not only looking for the best trained employees, but for the most passionate, because space and aeronautics are about passion and vocation. Good people can do good things, but only passionate people can achieve excellence. At ARCA, excellence is always our aim. Outer space is a hard place and only by being passionate about it you can find the inner strength to conquer it. So, to our potential new employees I'm telling you this: even though this is very important, don't focus on telling us that you have an "A" in physics and an "A" in mathematics. Demonstrate that you love aviation, have a love for space, and that you want to live your life with passion. Do this and you are hired. We are looking forward to welcoming our new employees and to reaching for the stars together." - Dumitru Popescu, ARCA, CEO

Download the press release here.

 

 

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August 7, 2015 - AirStrato aircraft arrived in New Mexico

Two AirStrato aircraft and the ground support equipment arrived today at Las Cruces Airport, New Mexico, after one month of travel on the sea and land between Europe and America. The aircraft and equipment were unloaded today and stored in ARCA's hangars at the airport.

 

 

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July 13, 2015 - AirStrato air-robot to start the flight tests in New Mexico

Today, ARCA SPACE CORPORATION CEO Dumitru Popescu and Governor Susana Martinez announced the start of ARCA SPACE Corporation activity in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This activity will include the production and flight tests of AirStrato UAS and Haas rocket series at ARCA's new facilities from Las Cruces Airport.

The company will invest $1.2 million to start the activities. The New Mexico Economic Development Department will contribute $500,000 in Local Economic Development funds toward the construction of ARCA's new 14,000 sq. ft. hangar and manufacturing space. The City of Las Cruces will also provide ARCA Space abated lease of office, showroom and hanger space for one year - an estimated value of $55,000.

Download the press release here.

 

 

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June 24, 2015 - Equipment delivery from ARCA Europe to US based
ARCA Space Corporation

As part of relocation program of ARCA from Europe to US, the first transport of equipment has left our facilities, from Constanta-Romania, to the ARCA SPACE CORPORATION facilities in US. The transport will take one month and it will arrive in Houston, TX and by there, by truck to Las Cruces, NM

 

 

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January 31, 2015 - The Interface prototype for AirStrato was completed

The command and control center for the AirStrato aircraft, called the Interface, was completed today.
It is designed to communicate with the AirStrato via satellite, no matter how far away from aircraft. It allows the pilot to view all flight parameters, to program the autopilot or to control the aircraft assisted or in full manual mode. It also enables the pilot to activate or deactivate sub-systems or to interact with the aircraft payload. The interface is built entirely from composites.
Only high quality equipment was used on the Interface, from the display, HOTAS system, keyboard and mouse and of course the computer.
A special attention was given to the design. ARCA put a lot of hours in creating a beautiful curved design that complements the AirStrato and Accelerator.

 

 

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