TriSept integrated cubesats on the Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle pictured. The image shows NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites-19 liftoff in December 2018. Credit: Trevor Mahlmann

SAN FRANCISCO – 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.

Under the new contract, NASA will have the option of turning to TriSept of Chantilly, Virginia, for mission integration services and dispenser hardware in support of cubesat launches through 2025.

Under a previous IDIQ contract, TriSept integrated the ten cubesats that launched in December 2018 on a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle as part of NASA’s 19th Educational Launch of Nanosatellites mission. TriSept also is integrating eleven cubesats scheduled to travel into orbit on Virgin Orbit’s Launcher One rocket in 2020 as part of NASA’s 20th Educational Launch of Nanosatellites mission.

In addition, TriSept is helping to integrate Ad-Hoc Network Demonstration for Extended Satellite-Based Inquiry and Other Team Endeavors, a cubesat developed by Boston University’s Center for Space Physics and scheduled to launch in early 2020 on a Rocket Lab Electron.

“TriSept is honored to have the opportunity to continue providing launch integration and hardware procurement support for NASA’s cubesat launch support needs that continues opening the door to more space access and a growing number of important and diverse missions,” TriSept CEO Rob Spicer said in a statement. “Our experienced launch integration and management teams look forward to extending our collaborative relationship with NASA’s Launch Services Program and stand ready to help enable upcoming programs under this latest IDIQ contract.”

TriSept, a 25-year-old company, has provided launch integration and program support on more than 200 satellites launched on 20 rockets from 13 launch sites around the world, the company said in a Dec. 2 news release.

Debra Werner is a correspondent for SpaceNews based in San Francisco. Debra earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. She...