COTS Hits the Big 1-0

Cygnus approaches ISS (Credit: NASA)
Cygnus approaches ISS (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Ten years ago, on August 18, 2006, NASA announced agreements with two private companies that dramatically changed the way NASA does business and the landscape for the commercial space industry.

The announcement was rooted in long term trends dating back to the 1980s, but the immediate cause of this change can be traced to the report of the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. In the wake of the Columbia accident in 2003, and the announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration by President Bush in early 2004, the Commission was tasked with coming up with recommendations about future space policy.

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Spaceflight Integrates 3 Service Lines in New Website

spaceflight_logoNew Website Serves as One-Stop Portal for Bundled, Cost-Effective Small-Satellite Solutions and Services

SEATTLE, June 2, 2015 – Spaceflight Industries (Spaceflight), a next-generation satellite products and services company aimed at transforming the use of space, today announced it has completed the corporate integration of its three service lines under a common brand, including Spaceflight Systems (formerly Andrews Space), Spaceflight Services and Spaceflight Networks. To support the newly consolidated brand, the company also launched its official website for access to its comprehensive space products and services, www.spaceflightindustries.com.

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Andrews Space Completes Qualification of New 6U CubeSat Solar Panel

Andrews Space 6U CubeSat solar panel. (Credit: Andrews Space)
Andrews Space 6U CubeSat solar panel. (Credit: Andrews Space)

Seattle, WA, March 26, 2014 (Andrews PR) — Andrews Space (Andrews) today announced that they have successfully completed space qualification of their new 6U solar panel. This qualification effort extends the qualified power systems products for small satellites applications beyond batteries and satellite power management to now include solar panels. The solar panels provide a simple power generation solution for 6U CubeSat form factors and can be easily combined to create more complex strings for microsatellites. The panels are a complementary addition to the CORTEX 130 Electrical Power System card and CORTEX Battery Unit; in combination these products provide a complete electrical power solution for your small spacecraft.

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Andrews Space Power Unit Used on Cygnus Spacecraft

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Tukwila, WA (Andrews Space PR) — Andrews Space (Andrews) announced that their Cargo Module Power Unit (CMPU) was used to supply power to payloads aboard Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE:ORB) Cygnus™ cargo logistics spacecraft, which recently delivered of 1,260 kilograms of supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the International Space Station for NASA under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.

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Andrews Space Delivers Four Cygnus Power Units to Orbital

Cygnus berthed at ISS. (Credit: NASA)
Cygnus berthed at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

Seattle, WA, Oct. 2, 2013 (Andrews PR) — Andrews Space (Andrews) today announced today that they’ve completed on-time delivery of four more Cargo Module Power Units (CMPUs) to Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) which supply power to payloads aboard Orbital’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft.

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Spaceflight Inc. Completes SHERPA Design Review, Announces Hosted Payload Opportunities

SHERPA space tug. (Credit: Spaceflight, Inc.)
SHERPA space tug. (Credit: Spaceflight, Inc.)

Seattle, WA, 5 AUGUST 2013 (Spaceflight, Inc. PR) — Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight) recently completed a system definition review for its SHERPA™ in-space tug and hosted payload platform. With this milestone, Spaceflight has announced hosted payload opportunities starting in 2015.

Spaceflight and its partner Andrews Space (Andrews) recently completed a System Definition Review to finalize the SHERPA™ family configuration and pave the way for full scale development and first flight in 2015. With this review Spaceflight is moving forward with detailed design and hardware procurement.

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Andrew Space Contracted for Two Scout Imaging Spacecraft

andrewsspacesmSeattle, WA, 6 AUGUST 2013 (Andrews PR) — Andrews Space (Andrews) today announced that it has signed a contract with an undisclosed customer to deliver two Earth imaging microsatellites in 2014.

SCOUT is a low cost, high performance imaging spacecraft based on the SENTRY 4000 microsatellite bus.  Each SCOUT spacecraft relies heavily on products and components designed and built by Andrews Space integrated with a payload provided by an external partner. The satellite design is robust to allow for launch as a secondary payload on a variety of launch vehicles in either a vertical or cantilevered configuration.

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Andrews Space to Supply 4 Additional Power Units for Cygnus Spacecraft

Artist's conception of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus freighter approaching the International Space Station.
Artist’s conception of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus freighter approaching the International Space Station.

Seattle, WA – 3/14/2013 (Andrews PR) — Andrews Space (Andrews) today announced today that they’ve received orders from Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) for four additional Cargo Module Power Units (CMPUs) to supply power to payloads aboard Orbital’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft.

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Andrews Space Snags Contract for U.S. Army Imaging Nanosat

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Seattle, WA, 31 January 2013 (Andrews Space PR) —
Andrews Space (Andrews) announced today that they have been funded by the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command to design and deliver a Kestrel Eye Block 2 Earth imaging spacecraft as part of the Army’s Kestrel Eye program.

Under the current effort, known as Kestrel Eye Block 2, Andrews will develop, build and deliver an Earth imaging nanosatellite.  The spacecraft embodies a paradigm shift to lower-cost, higher persistence overhead reconnaissance capabilities. While not meant to replace traditional imaging assets, Kestrel Eye Block 2 seeks to augment the current approach to remote sensing by demonstrating the application of low-cost, commercial technologies to enable a new tier of reconnaissance capability.

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Andrews Space to Manufacture Sinclair Interplanetary’s Torque Rods

Seattle, WA – 13 November 2012 (Andrews Space PR) — Andrews Space (Andrews) today announced today they have signed an exclusive agreement with Sinclair Interplanetary (Sinclair) of Toronto, Canada to begin selling and manufacturing Sinclair’s highly popular torque rods.

Under the agreement,  Andrews will take over manufacturing the Sinclair TQ-15 and TQ-40  torque rod products and their variants, which are ideal for spacecraft weighing between 30 and 180 kg.

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This Week on The Space Show


This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston…

1. Monday, November 5, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST, 4-5:30 PM CST): We welcome JASON ANDREWS back to the program to discuss new updates with Spaceflight Services & Andrews Space.

2. Tuesday, November 6 , 2012, 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): No program tonight due to election return monitoring.

3. Friday, November 9, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PST (11:30- 1 PM CST, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EST): No show today as I have jury duty.

4. Sunday, November 11, 2012, 12-1:30 PM PST (3-4:30 PM EST, 2–3:30 PM CST). We welcome back FRANK WHITE re his discovery of the Overview Effect with important updates.

Andrews Space to Manufacture Dutch CubeSat Dispenser

SEATTLE, WA, 11 October 2012 (Andrews Space PR) — Andrews Space (Andrews) today announced it signed an agreement with ISIS of the Netherlands to begin manufacturing a US version of the ISIPOD, branded the EZPOD, in the United States.  Under the terms of the agreement, Andrews will manufacture and integrate the EZPODs domestically with initial units available as early as January 2013.

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Spaceflight Unveils SHERPA In-Space Tug

SHERPA space tug. (Credit: Spaceflight, Inc.)

Seattle, WA  – May 7, 2012 (Spaceflight Inc. PR) — Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight) unveiled today its SHERPA in-space tug, which is dedicated to hosting and deploying small and secondary payloads.

“SHERPA is the next step in providing space access for small and secondary payloads,” said Jason Andrews, President and CEO of Spaceflight Inc.  “SHERPA builds on our Spaceflight Secondary Payload System (SSPS) by incorporating a propulsion and power generation system to allow us to host payloads, as well as place them in an orbit other than the primary payload’s orbit.”
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