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Spaceflight Awarded First NASA Contract for Launch of U-Class Payloads
by Staff Writers
Seattle WA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017


File image: NASA Kennedy Space Center Contract (KSC).

Spaceflight has announced it was awarded its first NASA Kennedy Space Center Contract (KSC) for launch and integration services. The multi-year contract covers launch services in 2018 for a maximum of 24 payloads, with options to provide launch services for up to 24 additional payloads in 2019 and 2020. The potential total contract value is more than $5 million.

U-Class payloads are miniature space research satellites that typically utilize commercial, off-the-shelf electronic components. The U-Class payloads flown by NASA, often created by universities and nonprofit organizations, play a foundational role in the agency's technology development and include investigations in planetary exploration, Earth observation, and fundamental Earth and space science.

"We're pleased to work with NASA on these cubesat missions as it further validates our rideshare business model of providing frequent, cost-effective access to space," said Curt Blake, president of Spaceflight. "Not only can commercial entities benefit from this new shared-space economy, but governmental agencies are quickly realizing the economies of it as well."

Spaceflight provides the most launch options for customers, working with nearly every global launch vehicle provider, including the Falcon 9, PSLV, Dnepr, Antares, Cygnus, Electron, Soyuz and others, to ensure organizations can access space when they want. The "rideshare service" model provides more options for organizations to reach a desired orbit at a much lower cost than buying their own launch vehicle.

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Kymeta Government Solutions Receives Two NASA SBIR Grant Awards
Redmond WA (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Kymeta-the company delivering on the promise of global, mobile connectivity-announced that its Government Solutions division has been awarded two grants via the NASA SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program to develop very small, space-based, very low size, weight and power (SWaP) flat panel Ka-band terminals for CubeSats and other Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. "These grants w ... read more

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