Precious Payload Weekly Smallsat News: May 23 – 29
Launching a small satellite? Don’t know where to start? Looking for last-minute deals? Precious Payload has you covered. Our weekly newsletter gathers the latest news on smallsat developments and launcher updates.
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🇺🇸SpaceX launched its Transporter 5 smallsat rideshare mission carrying 59 payloads, including orbital transfer vehicles (Vigoride by Momentus, Sherpa-AC1 by Spaceflight, ION SVC-006 by D-Orbit), satellites, and non-deploying hosted payloads. See the complete list of payloads.
🇺🇸Launcher contracted $1.7M from USSF to develop its small rocket Launcher Light and OTV Orbiter. [Source]
🇬🇧Astroscale(UK) and 🇬🇧OneWeb received $16M funding from ESA to demonstrate the ELSA-m servicer spacecraft by the end of 2024 and with plans to deliver a debris removal service to satellite operators. [Source]
🇬🇧OpenCosmos gets contracted by ESA for $5.6M to develop its space weather monitoring constellation of three satellites, NanoMagSat. [Source]
🇺🇸Astroforge received $13M funding for its first two demonstration flights for its asteroid mining missions on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission next year. [Source]
🇮🇹Apogeo Space gets funding of $5.37M from 🇮🇹Primo Space for the development of its IoT constellation of pico-satellites for the first half launch in early 2023. [Source]
🇺🇸Ultra Safe Nuclear and 🇺🇸Avalanche Energy get contracted by the U.S Defense Innovation Unit to demonstrate nuclear propulsion and power capabilities for small spacecraft in cislunar orbit by 2027. [Source]
The National Reconnaissance Office awarded 10-year contracts to 🇺🇸BlackSky ($3.2B), 🇺🇸Maxar Technologies($1B), and 🇺🇸Planet Labs to provide high-resolution commercial satellite imagery services to the US defence and intelligence community. [Source]
🇫🇷Gama contracts 🇺🇸NanoAvionics for the demonstration of its solar sails on the latter’s Alpha smallsat, which is for launch in the second half of 2022. [Source]
Amazon Web Services picked ten startups to join its second annual space accelerator program beginning June:
- 🇳🇱Blue Sky Analytics
- 🇺🇸EOS Data Analytics
- 🇱🇺Mission Space
- 🇺🇸Kayhan Space
- 🇺🇸ZaiNar Tech
- 🇩🇪The Exploration Company [Source]
🇺🇸Benchmark Space Systems joins hands with 🇬🇧Space Forge to develop reusable chemical propulsion systems for the latter’s demonstration project, ForgeStar-1. [Source]
🇺🇸Varda Space Industries to procure their fourth Photon bus from 🇺🇸Rocket Lab, which will power, relay, thrust, and control the attitude of Varda’s 120 kg manufacturing satellite. [Source]