The MPE is a low-cost, lightweight carrier designed for educational, scientific, and Exploration Program technology experiments. The carrier accommodates multiple primary, secondary, and tertiary payload configurations.
The initial launch of the MPE is planned as a DARPA Falcon launch vehicle (LV). DARPA Falcon is not to be confused with the Space-X vehicle called Falcon. MPE is compatible with any DARPA Falcon LV and for use on Falcon-class and higher impulse capable small launch vehicles.
MPE is part of the Small Launch Vehicle Research project.