Spaceflight, the leading provider of satellite rideshare and mission management, reports that it will launch 12 spacecraft in November from India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Load losses on the mission include Fleet Space Technologies Centauri I, Harris Corporation HSAT, Spire's LEMUR satellites and BlackSky's Global-1 microsatellite.
"In addition to ensuring the capacity onboard the launch vehicle, Spaceflight implemented the integration of most payloads at its Seattle integration facility. The launches are currently on their way to PSLV launch at India's Satish Dhawan Space Center for a launch at the end of November.
"This is Spaceflight's seventh launch with PSLV and after this mission, we will have sent 66 spacecraft aboard PSLV rockets," said Curt Blake, President of Aerospace. "We value our partnership with such a reliable supplier of launch vehicles. PSLV's routine launches allow us to offer satellite developers access to space and meet the growing demand from the smallsat industry."
Among the payloads on board is the mission Fleet Space Technologies' second satellite. The fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) company's nanosatellite will create a global network that will connect the world's IoT-connected sensors and devices.
In the coming years, the Australian business will create a constellation of nanosatellites to create a scalable global network that will help connect many of the 75 billion sensors that are expected to dope the world in the next decade. Nanosatellites will provide the mass scale efficiency for industries such as agriculture, mining and logistics by enabling companies to collect complex and reveal data to improve operations.
"The launch of our satellite is a huge milestone and we are proud to work with some of the world's leading space innovators," says Fleet Space Technologies Founder and CEO Flavia Tata Nardini.
"Spaceflight and launchers such as PSLV help to allow frequent and reliable access to space, which will be crucial when we continue to build our constellation."
Aside from PSLV, Spaceflight works with almost all global launch cars, including Falcon 9, Antares, Dnepr, Electron, Vega, Soyuz and LauncherOne, offering customers the most options for accessing space.
By working with a number of car suppliers, space flow increases flexibility and provides satellite developers with a wide range of launch options if delays occur. In addition, the smallsat rideshare service model helps organizations reach a desired track at a much lower cost than buying their own launch vehicle.
Spaceflight has negotiated the launch of more than 150 satellites on behalf of its customers and has contracts to distribute nearly 100 more through the rest of 2018. The company plans to coordinate and distribute its largest launch to date 2018 with its first dedicated rideshare mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9th
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NASA's first image of Mars from a cubesat
Pasadena CA (JPL) October 23, 2018
NASA's MarCO mission was designed to find out if spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey into deep space. Now, MarCO – who stands for Mars Cube One – has Mars in sight.
One of the double MarCO CubeSats snapped this picture of Mars on October 3rd – the first image of the red planet ever produced by this class of small, cheap spacecraft. The two CubeSats are officially named MarCO-A and MarCO-B but nicknamed "EVE" and "Wall-E" by their technical team.
A wide angle came … read more