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Spaceflight to Send 71 Satellites Into Orbit in Rideshare Mission

Spaceflight to Send 71 Satellites Into Orbit in Rideshare Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Spaceflight to Send 71 Satellites Into Orbit in Rideshare Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Seattle-based aerospace company Spaceflight aims to send 71 satellites into sun-synchronous low earth orbit aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket as part of a rideshare mission later this year.

The mission, dubbed SSO-A: SmallSat Express, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base and carry a payload of 15 microsatellites and 56 CubeSats developed by multiple domestic and international commercial and government customers, Spaceflight said Monday.

These customers include the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Honeywell Aerospace, King Mongkut“™s University of Technology North Bangkok and the Nevada Museum of Art.

Spaceflight is also handling a variety of services attendant to the mission, including regulatory procedures, business development, planning and engineering, as well as integration, which is being carried out at the company“™s facility in Auburn, Washington.

Company president Curt Blake called the upcoming mission “a challenging feat“ and “a momentous milestone“ for his company, adding that “our talented team has made many advances to make this historic launch a reality.“

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Written by Jerry Petersen

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