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Rocket Lab Electron

Rocket Lab Announces Electron SmallSat Launcher, First 30 Launches Booked

[Via Satellite 07-29-2014] Rocket Lab revealed plans to build a carbon-composite dedicated small satellite launch vehicle named Electron. Currently under construction in New Zealand, the company anticipates launching payloads of up to 100-kg to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for less than $5 million. Silicon Valley venture firm Khosla Ventures is the principal funder. The Electron […]

By | July 29, 2014

VG LauncherOne LEO

Virgin Galactic Sets Sights on 2016 for LauncherOne

[Via Satellite 07-16-2014] Though more prominently known for its suborbital spaceflight business, Virgin Galactic has also been working on a dedicated small satellite launch system known as LauncherOne. Speaking to Via Satellite, George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, said the company hopes to have liftoff using its air-launch system within the next two years. “We try not to […]

By | July 16, 2014

Athena Lockheed Smallsats

Lockheed Martin Targets SmallSats With Athena Rockets, Sees Market for 12 Launches a Year

[Via Satellite 06-12-2014] In a move to capture the ever-growing small satellite market, Lockheed Martin resurrected the Athena rocket family to provide dedicated small satellite launches. Constructed by Lockheed Martin and Alliant Tech Systems (ATK), the Athena 1 and the Athena 2 are back on the market with at least one other iteration under development. […]

By | June 12, 2014

Spaceflight Inc's Sherpa hosted Payload

Spaceflight Inc.’s First Sherpa Flight Almost Fully Booked With SmallSats

[Via Satellite 05-08-2014] Spaceflight Inc., a company dedicated to launching small satellites, has nearly filled all the slots for the maiden flight of its Sherpa hosted payload and in-space transportation system. Sherpa is a free-flying platform that uses an oversized Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) ring exclusively for small satellites ranging […]

By | May 8, 2014

Aerojet CAD CubeSat 3-D printing

Aerojet Rocketdyne to 3-D Print Three CubeSat Propulsion Systems

[Via Satellite 04-25-2014] In a move to capitalize on the ever-growing CubeSat market, Aerojet Rocketdyne has begun testing three different propulsion systems using 3-D printed designs. The decision to bolster the company’s smallsat project stemmed from a contract with NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program Office at Armstrong Flight Test Center in California. Under this contract, Aerojet […]

By | April 25, 2014

Pegasus Orbital

Orbital Sciences SmallSat Launch Vehicle to Carry NASA Earth Science Mission

[Via Satellite 04-07-2014] NASA has granted Orbital Sciences a contract to launch the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) multi-satellite mission on board the Pegasus XL rocket. Orbital’s Stargazer L 1011 aircraft will carry the CYGNSS payload. The mission is planned for October 2016 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force station in Florida. The CYGNSS […]

By | April 7, 2014

Safety in Space Situational Awareness

Boeing’s Space Based Space Surveillance System (SBSS) is a primary node in the Air Force’s Space Surveillance Network and represents the next generation of space situational awareness. During its first year, using SBSS, detection and identification of space threats has been significantly increased by at least twofold.

By Boeing | Mar 26, 2014


Kratos Announces New Portable C2 System for Small Satellite Missions

[Via Satellite 02-18-2014] Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced the release of quantumCMD, a portable Command and Control (C2) system designed for small satellite missions. These small satellites, known as microsats, CubeSats and nanosats, are compact alternatives to the costly larger satellite missions. Traditional satellite missions can cost anywhere from $300 million to $1 billion, […]

By | February 18, 2014

TUI CubeSat Hydros

Tethers Unlimited: New Thruster to Open up More Doors for CubeSats

[Via Satellite 01-14-2014] Tethers Unlimited (TUI) is testing a new propulsion method that stands to greatly improve access to, as well as the capability of CubeSats. The thruster, called Hydros, is the company’s newest product, and it has already received interest from a variety of markets. Last month the United States Air Force signed a […]

By | January 14, 2014

CubeSat, ISS Spaceflight

Spaceflight Inc. and NanoRacks Prep to Launch Orb 1 Mission Secondary Payloads

[Via Satellite 01-10-2014] Spaceflight Inc. and NanoRacks are preparing to deploy multiple CubeSats from the International Space Station (ISS). The CubeSats are currently en route to the ISS onboard Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus Orb 1 resupply mission, which launched on Jan. 9, 2014. The satellites were manifest via the NanoRacks space act agreement with NASA, and […]

By | January 10, 2014

The Bright Future of Small Satellite Technology

With more and more countries around the world looking to develop a space based capability, but wanting to do it on a budget, it has never been a better time to be a small satellite manufacturer. Here, we look at international developments in the small satellite market, and why countries all the way from Nigeria […]

By | August 1, 2011

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