Seattle, WA, 19 July 2012 (Spaceflight PR) — Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Virgin Galactic for dedicated flights on the LauncherOne vehicle recently revealed at the Farnborough Air Show.
Spaceflight Inc. was established to revolutionize secondary payload flight services for fixed and deployable cargo and transport. Under the agreement with Virgin Galactic, Spaceflight will integrate and launch small spacecraft using the LauncherOne vehicle. Previously, secondary payloads have been limited to orbit insertion dictated by the primary payload, now secondary payloads can go to an orbit optimized for their specific mission.
“This is an exciting new launch capability added to our service offering,” said Jason Andrews, President and CEO of Spaceflight. “With the LauncherOne vehicle Spaceflight offers expanded launch flexibility and opportunities to meet our customer’s mission requirements, all at a commercial space price.”
“We designed LauncherOne to open space up to innovators looking for affordable launches for small satellites,” said Steve Isakowitz, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Virgin Galactic. “Spaceflight, Inc has great experience helping those kinds of spacecraft get into space as secondary payloads, and now, will be able to offer a much more flexible dedicated platform. We are very excited to work with Spaceflight, and this agreement paves the way for one critical path for even the smallest of payloads to get a ride to space.”
Spaceflight’s model allows payloads to be rapidly manifested, certified, integrated and flown to space by providing a single one-stop shop that manifests and integrates payloads for a range of emerging launch and space transportation vehicles, maximizing flight opportunities, and at published commercial pricing. This simplifies the integration planning by serving as a single point of contact for the customer while coordinating the specifics of launch opportunities. Spaceflight has launch contracts to fly secondary payloads on the Orbital Antares, SpaceX Falcon 9, and Russian Soyuz and Dnepr launch vehicles.
About Spaceflight, Inc.
Spaceflight Inc. was established in 2009 by Jason Andrews, President and CEO of Andrews Space, to revolutionize secondary payload flight services for fixed and deployable cargo and transport. More information about Spaceflight and specific flight opportunities can be found on the company’s website: www.spaceflightservices.com