Precious Payload’s Weekly Smallsat News: October 30 – November 6, 2022
Everything you need to know about recent smallsat headlines around the universe.
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🇺🇸Rocket Lab launched the Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomography and Spectroscopy (MATS) satellite for the 🇸🇪Swedish National Space Agency, but failed to recover a first-stage of the Electron rocket with a helicopter due to a telemetry issue with the booster. [Space.com]
🇦🇺Southern Launch, 🇦🇺ATSpace, 🇦🇺Asension, and 🇦🇺Inovor Technologies collaborated on the VS03 mission to launch a Kestrel I rocket from the 🇦🇺Southern Launch Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex in November 2022. Onboard, an Inovor Technologies spacecraft has been integrated with payloads designed by Asension and Southern Launch. [SpaceWatchGlobal]
🇺🇸Arkisys is proposing that companies launch payloads in 2024 to its LEO outpost, Port, for $150,000 through the ‘Embark’ program. [SpaceNews]
🇫🇷Exotrail signs an agreement with 🇩🇪Isar to launch their spacevan on Isar’s Spectrum rocket, with multiple missions between 2024 and 2029. [EuropeanSpaceflight]
🇬🇧Orbex to construct a launch site in northern Scotland by 2023 to host launches of its Prime rocket. [SpaceNews]
🇺🇸Sidus Space to implement 🇳🇿Dawn Aerospace’s green propulsion technology on its Lizziesat constellation through a mutually signed agreement. [Smallsatnews]
🇫🇷Arianespace signed an MOU with 🇦🇺Space Machines Company to explore launch capabilities with the latter’s Optimus OTV. [SatelliteEvolution]
🇺🇸Virgin Galactic’s next suborbital spaceplane flight on VSS Imagine has been postponed to 2023, due to ongoing work on its current spaceplane VSS Unity and Delta-class vehicles. [SpaceNews]
🇱🇹Kongsberg NanoAvionics plans to increase its smallsat production capacities following an investment plan from 🇳🇴Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace after selling a major stake to the company. [SpaceNews]
🇺🇸Virgin Galactic signs agreement with 🇺🇸Axiom Space for microgravity research. [Virgin Galactic’s press release]
🇩🇪Constellr raises $10M in a Seed round to develop its first two satellites and conclude its existing pilot programs. [Constellr’s announcement]
🇨🇦Wyvern raises $7M in Seed funding to launch its first three hyperspectral imaging satellites in 2023. [SpaceQ]
🇺🇸Terran Orbital gets a $100M investment from 🇺🇸Lockheed Martin, along with an agreement for further collaboration until 2035. [ParabolicArc]