Sidus Space Swaps Spot for LizzieSat on SpaceX Mission
Sidus Space is switching up its launch plans, moving two LizzieSats to a new SpaceX rideshare mission called Bandwagon.
Sidus was previously planning to launch its first LizzieSat on the upcoming Transporter-9 in the fourth quarter. Sidus is moving the first LizzieSat to the Transporter-10 mission in the first quarter of 2024, followed by two LizzieSats on a Bandwagon mission in the second quarter. The company said it will have five LizzieSats on orbit by the end of the third quarter of 2024.
The Bandwagon missions are a new offering in SpaceX’s rideshare program that launch to mid-inclination orbit.
Both LizzieSat Bandwagon missions will include sensors utilizing co-incident or simultaneous data collection to capture still images, hyperspectral and multispectral images, AIS, and wide-area-spectral imaging.
Sidus founder and CEO Carol Craig said that placing LizzieSats in dissimilar orbits will allow the company to “capture higher revenue generating data while increasing our payload and data customers,” she said. “This, when combined with the inclusion of additional sensors and enhanced AI capabilities on our initial flight, adds value as we get closer to initiating these launches and developing new, high-margin business lines.”
Sidus Space is also working to regain compliance with the Nasdaq Capital Market as its share price is trading below $1. The company recently received an extension until March 11, 2024 to increase its share price.
“It is our belief and intention that the daily work we are doing to build shareholder value will soon be realized in our share price,” Craig said in a Monday letter to shareholders outlining the change to the mission manifest.