An update on Interorbital’s plans, courtesy of the company’s website:
Interorbital currently has 7 TubeSats and 1 CubeSat on its launch manifest for the December 2010 orbital mission, with 20 additional sales pending. Customers include
- University of California, Irvine (CubeSat)
- InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico
- The Aslan Academy
- Project Calliope
- Morehead State University
- Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
Interorbital will be involved with NPS and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in global Maritime Interdiction operation experiments in the first and second quarters of 2010. Partners in this exercise includes the Homeland Security Office of Science and Technology and USSOCOM.
Suborbital launches of the IOS Common Propulsion Module (CPM) with NPS payloads will play an important role in data distribution during these exercises. These test launches are precursors to the orbital delivery of several NPS TubeSats by the NEPTUNE 30 in late 2010. At that time, NPS TubeSats will operate as orbital components in a complex real-time communication web.