German launch services provider Exolaunch announced contracts June 29 with Lithuanian nanosatellite manufacturer NanoAvionics to integrate two cubesats on SpaceX’s rideshare missions.
Bruno Carvalho, D-Orbit’s vice president of business development, said the company hopes to launch one of its InOrbit Now (ION) propulsive cubesat deployers every two to three months after proving out the system and lining up customers.
The satellites will weigh no more than 10 kilograms and are scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2022.
Boston University students and professors spent a decade developing what they affectionately call the Toaster. It’s a six-unit cubesat to detect changes in Earth’s magnetic field caused by space weather.
Sen, a British startup, awarded Lithuanian satellite manufacturer NanoAvionics a contract to build five nanosatellites to capture ultra-high-definition video from space.
Radio-frequency-mapping startup Kleos Space on Feb. 18 said it received a $3.4 million loan from Dubai-based Winance to keep the company “well funded” while it awaits the launch of its first satellites.
SteamJet Space Systems is the latest customer to sign up for Momentus' Vigoride space transportation service.
The company said Jan. 28 it will build its constellation of 140 cubesats in a 5,000-square-foot facility it commissioned late last year at its Toronto headquarters.
A cubesat launched Dec. 18 is testing hardware from French component makers jockeying for smallsat constellation work.
TriSept Corp., a launch integration and mission management company, announced Dec. 2 an $18 million indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to support NASA cubesat launches.
Spacety and ThrustMe reported success in initial on-orbit testing of an iodine-fueled cubesat thruster at the Space Tech Expo Europe.
“As a part of the New Space industry I see no reason why I am replacing my laptop every two years but a satellite is replaced every six years,” said Raz Itzhaki, NSLComm CEO and co-founder. “We constantly improve, launch test, improve launch test.”
As it explores changes to its constellation orbit and spacecraft design, Kepler Communications on Oct. 7 said it nonetheless secured launch slots for its first two fully commercial satellites.
The Royal Thai Air Force ordered a second Earth observation satellite from Innovative Solutions in Space (ISISpace) of the Netherlands, under a contract that includes the satellite's ground segment, satellite commissioning and training.