A Spaceflight COVID-19 Update
To our customers, partners, and friends,
It is indeed an unprecedented time for us all, with our world experiencing constant change due to the COVID-19 situation. Our thoughts and hearts are with everyone as we all work through it.
I want to let you know that the entire Spaceflight team is all-in, committed to your success as we continue to move launch campaigns forward. We have staff in several countries currently supporting upcoming missions, even though launch timelines are uncertain. You’ve probably heard that Arianespace has temporarily stopped all operations out of French Guinea, and we’re in close conversations with our other launch providers about their plans. Needless to say, we’re working tirelessly to understand the impacts of potential delays and develop mitigation plans.
It’s fair to say that we’ve dealt with launch and logistical delays in the past, so we’re prepared and experienced in being creative to solve concerns that come our way. We’re also very familiar working across many different time zones and have a proven set of technologies at our fingertips to keep us coordinated. We know you rely on us to help meet your mission goals and get your spacecraft on orbit, and we understand the responsibility that entails. Meeting that responsibility day in and day out, even in this unprecedented environment, is our primary focus. We also understand we can only control what’s in our hands, and are committed to being 100% transparent with you as we work through these uncertain times.
Like many of your companies, we — out of an abundance of concern for our employees and their families’ health and safety, and following the WHO and CDC recommendations, are working from home. In lieu of in-person meetings, we’re getting pretty good at video conference calls and we encourage you to join us. (We can’t promise there won’t be any disruptions from pets or kids, but we’ll do our best.)
As you most likely have heard, Seattle has been particularly hit hard and the threats are all too real. We’re taking many other precautionary measures to limit the potential spread of the virus, but it’s just the start. Our communities, our industry, and our global economy are all hurting and we will need everyone’s help to do everything we can in these stressful times.
Our leadership team is monitoring the global situation in real time and responding rapidly as conditions evolve, including health concerns and travel bans associated with stopping the spread of the virus. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your Spaceflight representative to discuss your impending launches, any concerns, and potential alternative options. We’re all doing the best we can and are pressing on. Give me a call any time.
Please stay safe and healthy,