Spaceflight Industries (Spaceflight) 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 Spaceflight Industries 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.
“We are witnessing the beginning of a revolution in the Earth imaging market as companies and Government organizations embrace these emerging microsatellite technologies,” said Melissa Wuerl, Director of Programs and Business Development at Spaceflight Industries. “SCOUT supports a variety of imaging payloads and can provide better than 1.5 meter resolution. At under 50 kg wet mass, it’s also cheaper to test, transport and launch than larger, traditional imaging satellites. In the satellite world we need to dream smaller, not bigger.”
SCOUT has a short delivery timeline achieved through use of previously qualified hardware and electronics and Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) aerospace components, thus minimizing development. SCOUT is built using a layered “deck” approach, which allows for individual satellite decks to be integrated and tested in parallel as full subsystems before integrating and testing the satellite overall.
All Spaceflight Products and Components are built domestically using Spaceflight’ AS9100C certified quality procedures for spaceflight hardware.