November 4th, 2013 – Seattle, WA- Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight), a leading provider of launch services for small and secondary payloads, and NanoRacks LLC (NanoRacks), a leader in commercializing space operations on and deployment from the International Space Station, formally announce a partnership to provide commercial launch services from the International Space Station (ISS).
Commenting on the partnership, Curt Blake, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Spaceflight, said, “We are very excited to work with NanoRacks and leverage the unique capabilities of the International Space Station. The partnership is a great fit between two like-minded organizations that will help usher in a new chapter for low earth orbit satellite deployment.”
Under this partnership Spaceflight and NanoRacks are collaborating to provide customers routine commercial launch services from the ISS. Each customer spacecraft will be deployed from the ISS via the Japanese Experiment Module airlock utilizing NanoRacks’ Cubesat Deployers. NanoRacks operates via its Space Act Agreement with NASA.
Founded in 2010, Spaceflight is a leading provider of commercial launch services for small and secondary payloads. To date Spaceflight has launched five spacecraft including the Planet Labs Dove-1 and Dove-2 spacecraft, as well as three PhoneSats for NASA Ames Research Center. Spaceflight has over 36 spacecraft under contract for launch scheduled between 2013 and 2017.
Founded in 2009, NanoRacks is the market leader in commercializing operations on the International Space Station (ISS) via its own hardware, from internal research equipment to CubeSat Deployers to the External Platform Program outside the Space Station.
“We are pleased to have Spaceflight as our key sales partner for space station satellite deployment services,” said NanoRacks CEO Jeff Manber. “It is a partnership that is already proving its worth in terms of addressing unique markets, segments, and customers. We believe that ISS has become the go-to platform for small satellite deployment not just today but in the years to come.”
Each customer and spacecraft set for launch and deployment through this joint partnership has a unique mission, some as a technology demonstration, others performing commercial tasks. The initial customers include:
- MIT- Micromas- 3U CubeSat – Weather observation technology demonstration
- Southern Stars- SkyCube – 1U CubeSat- Crowdfunded amateur radio
- Universidad Alas Peruanas – UAPSAT- 1U CubeSat- Student and faculty developed spacecraft
- Planet Labs- Flock 1 –Earth observation satellite constellation
Mission management has been a joint effort between Spaceflight, Nanoracks, and each satellite payload provider. The CubeSats will be delivered to and deployed from ISS in late 2013 and through the middle of 2014.
About Spaceflight Inc.:
Spaceflight Inc. – The Space Logistics Company- provides frequent, cost effective, and routine access to space for deployed and hosted payloads. Spaceflight specializes in the launch of CubeSats, NanoSats and Microsats that weigh between 1kg and 300kg. Through its global network of launch vehicle providers Spaceflight can deploy payloads to low Earth orbit, the Moon and beyond. Visit us on the web at www.spaceflight.com and follow @spaceflightinc.
About NanoRacks LLC:
NanoRacks LLC was formed in 2009 to provide commercial hardware and services for the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the International Space Station. The Company is unique in owning and marketing its own family of hardware, both inside and external to the space Station. To date over 100 payloads have been deployed on space station and the current signed customer pipeline of over 50 payloads including domestic and international educational institutions, research organizations and government organizations, has propelled NanoRacks into a leadership position in understanding the emerging commercial market for low-earth orbit utilization.
For more information follow @nanoracks or download the full press release.
Phil Brzytwa, Spaceflight Inc., 206-486-1061