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Skybox Signs Agreement with Orbital for Satellite Launches

By Katie Kriz | February 21, 2014
      Minotaur Orbital launch

      Orbital’s Minotaur launch vehicle. Photo: Orbital

      [Via Satellite 02-21-2014] Skybox Imaging has signed an agreement with Orbital Sciences to launch six more satellites into orbit. The satellites will be launched into a sun-synchronous orbit aboard Orbital’s Minotaur C space launch vehicle, a commercial version of their Minotaur product line that serves the U.S. government market. The launch is scheduled for late 2015 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

      These satellites are part of Skybox’s planned constellation of 24 high-resolution Earth observation satellites that will be able to visit any point on Earth several times a day.

      “As fellow participants in the expansion of the commercial space industry, Orbital and Skybox share similar values of innovation, affordability and reliability, which make this partnership a perfect fit,” said David Thompson, Orbital’s chairman and CEO. “We have offered options for additional launch services to support the development of Skybox’s business, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to forge a long-term, multi-launch relationship with their team.”