Happy Anniversary! A Decade of Cubesats and U.S. Launches

Today, December 16th marks the 10 year anniversary of a significant event in the smallsat industry: the first launch of a Cubesat from a U.S.-based expendable launch vehicle. GeneSat-1 was launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia – the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). It was the secondary payload on a four-stage Minotaur … Continued

An Earth to LEO Communications Revolution: an Excerpt from SpaceNews

This is an excerpt from December 5, 2016 issue of SpaceNews. (For full article, go here.) … COMMUNICATIONS REVOLUTION Spaceflight Networks, a subsidiary of Spaceflight Industries, already operates ground stations in Tukwila, Washington; Fairbanks, Alaska; and Invercargill, New Zealand, to downlink data from Spaceflight Industries’ BlackSky Pathfinder-1, an Earth-observation satellite launched in September. “We wanted … Continued

Six Things Only We Will Tell You About Launching a Satellite

1. You can’t just call up a launch provider and book a seat on their next rocket. Launch providers have one primary concern: getting their rockets safely to space. Their resources are devoted to making sure their technology is as flawless as possible. Most don’t want to be travel agents – they rely on their … Continued

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