Spaceflight, NanoRacks Partnership Launches Planet Labs Satellites

Two of the 28 Planet Labs Dove satellites that make up the Flock 1 constellation are seen launching into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11. (Credit: NASA)
Two of the 28 Planet Labs Dove satellites that make up the Flock 1 constellation are seen launching into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11. (Credit: NASA)

SEATTLE (Spaceflight Inc. PR) – Spaceflight Inc. and NanoRacks announced today that an additional 28 Planet Labs Dove CubeSats are en route to the International Space Station on the Orbital Sciences Cygnus Orb-2 Mission. The satellites were manifest via the NanoRacks Space Act Agreement with NASA, and are scheduled for deployment using the self-funded NanoRacks’ CubeSat Deployers manufactured by Quad-M Inc.

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DLR Signs Launch Services Agreement with Spaceflight Inc.

Eu:CROPIS spacecraft (Credit: DLR)
Eu:CROPIS spacecraft (Credit: DLR)

SEATTLE, July 8, 2014 (Spaceflight Inc. PR) — Spaceflight Inc., the company reinventing the model for launching small satellites into space, today announced it has signed the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to a launch services agreement for the Eu:CROPIS mission. The Eu:CROPIS spacecraft is scheduled for a rideshare launch on a Spaceflight SHERPA vehicle in 2017.

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Spaceflight Inc. Deploys 11 Planet Labs Dove Satellites

Two of the 28 Planet Labs Dove satellites that make up the Flock 1 constellation are seen launching into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11. (Credit: NASA)
Two of the 28 Planet Labs Dove satellites that make up the Flock 1 constellation are seen launching into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11. (Credit: NASA)

SEATTLE (Spaceflight Inc. PR) -– Spaceflight Inc., the company reinventing the model for launching small satellites into space, announces that it has successfully deployed 11 Planet Labs Dove earth-imaging spacecraft from an International Space Company (ISC) Kosmotras-operated Dnepr launch vehicle.

“SmallSat constellations are a critical, growing piece of the space economy,” said Curt Blake, president of Spaceflight. “We are thrilled to expand our launch heritage with Planet Labs and ISC Kosmotras to enable the cost-effective and timely launch of small satellites.”

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Spaceflight Inc. Announces SHERPA Contract to Deploy 1,200 Kilos of Small Satellite Payloads

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

SEATTLE, April 30, 2014 – Spaceflight Inc., the company reinventing the model for launching small satellites into space, today announced it has secured a launch service agreement to orbit its “SHERPA” hosted payload and in-space transportation system. Spaceflight’s inaugural SHERPA mission will deploy up to 1,200 kilograms of customer satellite payloads into low Earth orbit during the second half of 2015 on an undisclosed launch vehicle.

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Spaceflight, NanoRacks Team Up on CubeSat Launches

cubesatSEATTLE, WA, Jan. 9, 2014 (Spaceflight/NanoRacks PR) — Spaceflight and NanoRacks announced today that multiple CubeSats are en route to the International Space Station on the Orbital Sciences Cygnus Orb-1 Mission made possible by close cooperation between the two companies. The satellites were manifest via the NanoRacks Space Act Agreement with NASA, and are scheduled for deployment using the self-funded NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer.

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Space Angels Network Receives Sponsorship From Spaceflight Inc.

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Seattle, Washington, December 11, 2013 (Spaceflight PR) – Space Angels Network has announced a sponsorship from Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight). Under this sponsorship Spaceflight will work with Space Angels Network applicant and portfolio companies and provide free launch services consultation as a way to foster new small-satellite start-ups. Additionally, Spaceflight will be the preferred service provider for the orbital launch of small payloads.

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Spaceflight Inc. Successfully Deploys Planet Labs’ Dove 3 Satellite

Dnepr launch vehicle. (Credit: ISC Kosmotras)
Dnepr launch vehicle. (Credit: ISC Kosmotras)

Seattle, WA (Spaceflight, Inc. PR) — Spaceflight, Inc. – The Space Logistics Company – announced today that it successfully deployed the Dove 3 earth imaging spacecraft from an International Space Company (ISC) Kosmotras operated Dnepr launch vehicle for commercial customer Planet Labs, Inc..

After launching Dove 1 and 2 in April 2013, Spaceflight arranged for the launch of Dove 3 as a secondary payload through Spaceflight’s launch and integration partner Innovative Space Logistics (ISL), an Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS) subsidiary. Using its expertise in navigating ITAR and export law, Spaceflight arranged for the United States payload to be exported to Russia for launch integration.

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Spaceflight, NanoRacks Team to Lauch Spacecraft From ISS

cubesatNovember 4th, 2013, Seattle, WA  (Spaceflight/NanoRacks PR) — Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight), a leading provider of launch services for small and secondary payloads, and NanoRacks LLC (NanoRacks), a leader in commercializing space operations on and deployment from the International Space Station, formally announce a partnership to provide commercial launch services from the International Space Station (ISS).

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Lockheed Martin Selects CubeSat Integrators for Athena Launches

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Athena rocket

DENVER, Aug. 14, 2013 (Lockheed Martin PR) – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has chosen three world-class companies to provide CubeSat integration for Athena launch services. Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems LLC of Irvine, Calif., TriSept Corporation of Chantilly, Va., and Spaceflight, Inc. of Tukwila, Wash. will provide turnkey CubeSat integration services for multi-payload and RideShare missions using Athena launch services beginning in 2015.

“We are very pleased to offer this significant enhancement for CubeSat customers using Athena launch services that leverage the proven expertise of these three companies to provide comprehensive, affordable, one-stop integration and launch services to customers worldwide,” said Robert R. Cleave, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. “Working together, we are providing customers with efficient and affordable payload integration bundled with the launch service for the expanding range of CubeSat missions.”

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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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Spaceflight Successfully Deploys Five Spacecraft From Two Launch Vehicles

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SEATTLE, WA, April 21, 2013 (Spaceflight PR) —
Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight) announced today that it successfully deployed five CubeSats from two different launch vehicles that were launched from two different continents.

On Friday April 19, 2013, the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle successfully lifted off from its pad in Baikonur to insert the Bion-M1 satellite into orbit. The Bion-M1 spacecraft is a biological research satellite that carried a host of experiments aimed at researching how to make life in space easier and healthier for astronauts.

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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.

Spaceflight Contracted by USAF for Kestrel Eye 1 Launch

Seattle, WA – 8 August 2012 (Spaceflight PR) — Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight) announced today that the USAF Space Development and Test Directorate has exercised a contract option to launch the Kestrel Eye 1 imaging nano-spacecraft on a commercial launch in 2013.

The United States Air Force’s Space Development and Test Directorate previously contracted with Spaceflight to evaluate commercial launch options for the STP Satellite-3 (STPSat-3) and Kestrel Eye 1 Tactical Imaging Spacecraft (Kestrel Eye) spacecraft.  After the conclusion of this feasibility study the Space Development and Test Directorate exercised a contract option to procure commercial launch services for the Kestrel Eye 1 spacecraft.

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Spaceflight Inc. to Fly Payloads on Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne


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.

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