The 20-foot tall rocket from UP Aerospace launched from Spaceport America in New Mexico last November. The mission was the company’s fourth mission for NASA’s Flight Opportunity Program, a project designed to give innovative aerospace technologies the means and access to relevant environments for flight testing.
With this launch, UP Aerospace intended to launch an 11-pound capsule — Maraia — into space, and then test its stability upon re-entry. You can see the capsule deploy successfully at 1:17 in the video.
In a press release, NASA stated its intentions for the capsule to become an “inexpensive, autonomous International Space Station-based vehicle to provide on-demand return of small scientific and engineering payloads.”