Employee Profile: Valerie Skarupa

Meet Valerie Skarupa, Director of Government Business.  Q: What do you do for Spaceflight? A: I am the Director of Government Business for Spaceflight launch services. I provide the Department of Defense, NASA, and other Government Agencies with launch opportunities for small satellites. Q: What interests you about space? A: Everything! I am an Army Brat and spent a lot of time in the Washington, DC area as a child. The Air and Space Museu

Spaceflight’s First Launch of 2017!

Final preparations are underway at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India for the launch of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying nine cubesats courtesy of Spaceflight Industries.  This mission features two of our customers; Spire Global with eight LEMUR spacecraft, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) with the BGUSat cubesat for Ben Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel. This is Spaceflight’s second PSLV mission on behalf of Spire, a

Space Law: The Outer Space Treaty Turns 50!

OK, so it’s officially called the Principles Governing the Activities of States in Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, but everyone knows it as the Outer Space Treaty. It was signed on January 27, 1967 and as of January 2017, 105 countries are parties to the treaty. The Outer Space Treaty sets forth the basic framework of Space Law which is still used today. The original intent was nonarmament in the Co...

Employee profile: Melissa Wuerl

Meet Melissa Wuerl, Director of Business Development for Spaceflight.  Q: What do you do for Spaceflight? A: I develop business relationships with customers all around the world and help them to identify launch opportunities and manifest their spacecraft. My primary function is to secure new business for Spaceflight and grow our long-term customer base. I’ve been with the company just under 5 years, originally starting at Andrews Space as a Direc

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...