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Carpooling Satellites With Spaceflight and Trisept

By | August 19, 2019
Episode 10 of the On Orbit Podcast features Spaceflight Industries VP of Business Development Melissa Wuerl and TriSept Director of Small Satellites Jason Armstrong.

Episode 10 of the On Orbit Podcast features Spaceflight Industries VP of Business Development Melissa Wuerl and TriSept Director of Small Satellites Jason Armstrong.

On this episode of On Orbit, we’re joined by Melissa Wuerl, Vice President Business Development for Spaceflight Industries, and Jason Armstrong, Director of Small Satellites for TriSept, for an episode dedicated to rideshare launch services and the impact they’ve made on opening access to space.

Rideshare launching is like the carpooling of launch services. By placing very small satellites in the spaces between larger satellites on larger rockets, rideshare providers is able to provide low-cost options for satellite operators, while providing additional business to traditional launchers and increasing access to space.

On Orbit special guest co-host Grace Graham and I spoke with Melissa Wuerl about Spaceflight’s historic SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission, which successfully launched more than 80 small satellites for a wide variety of operators, research organizations and universities on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December 2018. Melissa shares stories from her team’s experience of assembling and executing on the mission, as well as a look forward to Spaceflight’s recently announced follow-up mission with New Space India. 

After the break, I’m joined by Jason Armstrong, Director of Small Satellites for TriSept, for a chat about the company’s unique, one-of-a-kind rideshare mission partnership with Rocket Lab and Millennium Space Systems to test cutting-edge orbital debris removal technology, including a new space-tether that will latch on and deorbit inoperable spacecraft. We hope you enjoy our first dedicated episode/love-letter to rideshare launching!

Listen to On-Orbit Episode 10 here:

Episode Links and Notes:

Melissa Wuerl on LinkedIn
Jason Armstrong on LinkedIn
Spaceflight’s Overview of the SSO-A Mission
SSO-A Launch Video (Courtesy of SpaceX)
TriSept Website
Via Satellite’s coverage of the TriSept orbital debris mission.

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