Spaceflight is going to launch 11 spacecraft in early January from India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The spacecraft will include:
Planetary Resources' Arkyd-6 6U asteroid prospecting demonstration Cubesat
Astro Digital's Landmapper-BC3
Four Spire Global Lemur-2 CubeSats
AMSAT's Fox-1D Cubesat
ICEYE-X1 SAR microsatellite
Spaceflight has integrated CubeSat at its Seattle Facility before shipping the spacecraft to India for PSLV-40 mission. The PSVL is scheduled to be launched from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center in early January 2018.
Curt Blake (president of Spaceflight) said,” PSLV-C40 is a perfect example of how our flexible, full-service rideshare model is enabling new commercial space businesses to exist while expanding into new markets. This mission brings new customers from outside the industry into space while continuing partnerships with existing customers for their ongoing satellite constellations.”
Spaceflight is a big achievement for Finland as the country would launch its first commercial satellite, ICEYE-X1. Finland's ICEYE came up with its own synthetic-aperture radar sensor technology which is suitable for satellites under 100kg in weight. It is also the world's first SAR satellite of this size, enabling radar imaging of the Earth through clouds and even in total darkness.
Rafal Modrzewski (CEO and co-founder at ICEYE) said,” This launch will give us the necessary opportunities for scaling up operations for our constellation of micro-SAR satellites as planned.”
Spaceflight ensured that organizations have the flexibility to move vehicles if changes or delays occur. Also, this model helped organizations to reach the desired level at much lower cost. The company has signed the contract and will launch more than 120 satellites on behalf of its customer. The company also plans to coordinate and deploy its largest launch to date in 2018 with its first dedicated rideshare mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9.
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