It’s Launch Day for the PSLV C-38!

  The PSLV C-38 launch countdown is underway! At 9:29 AM IST on Friday, June 23, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be launching the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) XL variant rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India.  It will hold 31 total satellites, 8 of which are owned by a Spaceflight customer.  Our rapid-launching customer, Spire Global, will be a passenger with their eight LEMUR spacecraft. This is Spacefli

Things to Know when Launching Satellites with Batteries and Propulsion Systems 

By Tony Frego Building and launching a spacecraft is no easy task. Most customers have a firm understanding of the major challenges, but we frequently offer our expertise on some of the less well known regulatory hurdles. This is particularly true when considering propulsion and batteries in the spacecraft. The sooner these are considered, preferably at the design stage, the smoother the process. There are two situations that require customer con...

SmallSat Student Winners: Where are They Now?

This year will be the 25th Frank J. Redd Student Competition at SmallSat. This competition is an amazing opportunity for students to share their work on small satellite concepts and missions. At the same time, it puts these ambitious students in the spotlight with current industry professionals (and potential employers!). In the first 24 years of the competition, many of the winners have gone on to distinguish themselves in their profession. We caught...

SmallSat Student Winners: Where are They Now?

This year will be the 25th Frank J. Redd Student Competition at SmallSat. This competition is an amazing opportunity for students to share their work on small satellite concepts and missions. At the same time, it puts these ambitious students in the spotlight with current industry professionals (and potential employers!). In the first 24 years of the competition, many of the winners have gone on to distinguish themselves in their profession. We caug...

Managing our Product Development with Jama

Accessing space is difficult. Managing the data to access space can be even more difficult. Our team is working in a dynamic environment, and need to be as efficient as possible. We manage some of that complexity with Jama Software. By efficiently tracking our product requirements and streamlining collaboration and communication among our team, we can ensure quality and value for our customers. Check out the video!  

Customer profile: Deep Space Industries

Deep Space Industries is a space technology company with the long-term goal of enabling human space settlement using in-space resources. In the short term, the company is working towards a series of low-cost space exploration missions using small spacecraft. DSI’s product line comprise the missing technologies needed to enable such low-cost interplanetary missions—in particular, propulsion systems that can be refueled using in-space resources, such as wa...

SmallSat Student Winners: Where are They Now?

This year will be the 25th Frank J. Redd Student Competition at SmallSat. This competition is an amazing opportunity for students to share their work on small satellite concepts and missions. At the same time, it puts these ambitious students in the spotlight with current industry professionals (and potential employers!). In the first 24 years of the competition, many of the winners have gone on to distinguish themselves in their profession. We caug

Launch Vehicle Separation Systems 101

Building a satellite is a costly and difficult endeavor. Getting that very expensive and sensitive payload safely on orbit is the next step. That’s where we come in. And once we get them to orbit, we need to separate them and send them on their way. So, we work with our customers to identify the right separating system to deploy their spacecraft. While sometimes customers come to us with a system chosen, more often we consider the size and shape of their s...

Who We’re Taking to Space: KNACKSAT

The first entirely Thai-built satellite, KNACKSAT is going to be aboard Spaceflight's SSO-A mission in 2018 KNACKSAT is going to space! KNACKSAT, an acronym for KMUTNB Academic Challenge of Knowledge SATellite, is a 1U-CubeSat satellite (roughly 10 x 10 x 10 cm, 1.3 kg) developed by King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Thailand. The satellite uses amateur radio frequencies for the communication between the satellite station

Employee Profile: Tony Frego

Meet Tony Frego, a mission manager at Spaceflight! Q: Describe what you do for Spaceflight. A: I’m a mission manager. I work with customers to guide them through all the launch vehicle, mission, and regulatory requirements so their spacecraft can legally and physically make it to space. Q: What interests you about space? A: The possibility for the existence of life on another planet and thinking about how the discovery would change the pers
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