A Visit from Rep. Adam Smith

Spaceflight Industries had a special guest this week in our Seattle office - Rep. Adam Smith from Washington's 9th District. Besides representing his community's interests in Washington, Rep. Smith is the senior Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. He has served in the House of Representatives for over 20 years and is a very strong advocate for both Seattle and small companies in the defense and aerospace sectors. Our CEO Jason Andrews di

Universities in Space: Seriously Higher Education

The future of smallsats is bright - and judging by the work that universities and their students are doing, it’s only going to get better. Aerospace engineering programs are getting more popular as students look to enter the new space race, and the focus on satellites is increasing. NASA’s ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) has been a very successful initiative to attract and retain students in the field of satellite research, and has involved ma...

What’s Next in Launch – 2017 and Beyond

It’s an exciting time to be in the commercial space industry as so many new businesses are entering the market and driving innovation. It’s even more exciting for us as we provide smallsat launch services to an increasingly diverse business ecosystem. We’ve been keeping an eye on the evolution of smallsat applications and want to share some of the latest developments and trends we’re observing. Once upon a time, the launch business was mostly focused on...

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 1 rocket that was sending the primary payload, an Air Force TacSat-2 experimental satellite

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 to make sure we had opera

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 launch service provider to handle the logistics and nuances of customer service. (That’s where we come in!) 2. You can get Frequent Flyer st...

Employee Profile: Daniel Gillies

Meet Daniel Gillies, Mission Director at Spaceflight. Q: Describe what you do for Spaceflight.  A: I’m the Mission Director for our SSO-A mission, which will be Spaceflight’s first dedicated rideshare mission. This mission provides a huge opportunity for small satellites – from 1 kg to 100’s of kg each to get into orbit at rates and a level of service that are enabling both research and commercialization of the final frontier. I’ve been

Transporting Your Satellite to the Launch Site

Before your satellite can be integrated into a launch vehicle, it has to get to the launch site. Transporting a satellite is a little more complicated than sending a package via UPS. It’s just one of our areas of expertise that our customers rely on. “Throughout our years of launching with domestic and international launch vehicles, we always take care to ensure the successful and safe delivery of our customers’ valuable spacecraft.” - Jeff Roberts, Senio

Honoring Our Veterans

  At Spaceflight Industries, we honor and celebrate all veterans, today and every day. We are especially proud of our own veterans (and if we've missed you, let us know!): Robert Cahn, Air Force John Hanna, Air Force Nick Merski, Air Force Adam Hadaller, Marine Corps                ...

Ground Control to Major Tom: The Debut of Spaceflight Networks

By Jason Andrews, CEO Spaceflight Industries We all read regularly that launching satellites is the bottleneck to the smallsat revolution – organizations are struggling to find cost effective, routine, and timely options to get on a desired orbit. We understand that; it’s one of the reasons why we started Spaceflight and created the market for “rideshare.” But we also hear from those who are lucky enough to get on orbit that it’s equally challenging to ...