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 ...

The Hidden Costs of Launching a Satellite – What You Need to Know

Launching a satellite is not an easy endeavor - it IS rocket science after all. And while few are surprised to learn launch is not an inexpensive effort, there are still many hidden costs to getting a satellite into space that are often overlooked initially. At Spaceflight, we are the experts in getting you to space as efficiently as possible.  With the deep experience gained from years of managing launches, we educate our customers about some of the h...

Model Preparation for SSO-A

We’ve got a new arrival in our production facility - an engineering model of one of the major structural adapters on the SSO-A stack, the CubeStack. The CubeStack, designed by LoadPath, an Albuquerque firm, acts as the core of our SHERPA vehicle on SSO-A – accommodating both our avionics and CubeSat dispenser systems. Our engineers will use the model to practice the integration of our dedicated rideshare mission’s integrated payload stack. Unlike th

Employee Profile: Adam Hadaller

Meet Adam Hadaller, Mission Director for Spaceflight.  Q: Describe what you do for Spaceflight. A: I’m ultimately responsible for all aspects of my assigned launch mission from preliminary mission planning to putting hardware on the launch vehicle for flight, through the launch providing on-orbit support and coordination. Throughout all phases of the mission, I work with our customers, launch providers, and vendors to ensure all hardware is on ti