We are looking forward to the launch of SXRS-1! While it’s our fifth mission on the Falcon 9, it’s the first Starlink mission that will be accompanied by Spaceflight rideshare payloads. Another first in our long-standing relationship with SpaceX!
In addition to the tenth batch of Starlink broadband satellites, we’re excited to take BlackSky’s 5th and 6th Earth observation microsatellites to orbit. . We are happy to help BlackSky execute their long-term goal of operating a 60-satellite constellation whose goal is to shorten revisit times to 10 to 15 minutes, and sharpen resolution to under one meter.
These BlackSky satellites are the first satellites made by LeoStella, a satellite manufacturer and joint venture of Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries, based in the Seattle area.
We’re also incredibly proud of our engineering team, which designed and built the adapter and harnesses for this mission in our state-of-the-art integration facility in Auburn, Washington. The integration for these payloads was done by our team as well.
We’ve had several delays of launch due to weather, but the mission is targeted to lift off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the near future. Follow us on Twitter for a new targeted launch date soon.
Let’s do launch!