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Precious Payload Weekly Smallsat News: May 9 – 15


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Brokers expect a full house for 🇺🇸 SpaceX Transporter 9 smallsat rideshare in Q4 2023. Almost all the ports are already gone because of a lack of capacity due to the 1) 🇷🇺 Russia stepping out of international launch services; 2) 🇺🇸 Amazon buying out half of the existing launch market to kick off its Project Kuiper constellation.


Launch Updates

🇺🇸Astra wants to launch from the 🇬🇧UK’s SaxaVord Spaceport from 2023. The company has also revealed its new rocket details, Rocket 4.0, which will be able to place up to 300kg into LEO.


🇨🇳iSpace failed to place its Earth-observing payload into orbit due to another unsuccessful Hyperbola-1 rocket orbital launch.


🇬🇧Orbex revealed a full-scale prototype of a vertical micro launcher rocket Prime to be launched from the UK from Space Hub Sutherland later this year. [Source]


🇺🇸Virgin Orbit plans to obtain an additional Boeing 747-400 aircraft for its smallsat launch service. 


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Precious Payload acquires HOSTmi GmbH, a German space tech company, to fast-forward the commercialization of the European space industry. This strategic partnership will leverage Precious Payload’s developer tools and other smart solutions to lead joint projects, and strengthen existing HOSTmi services. [Source]




🇨🇳China launched eight additional microsats for its EO constellation, Jilin 1, aboard a Long March 2D rocket. [Source]


🇺🇸Terran Orbital shipped the 12U satellite to New Zealand for launch on an Electron rocket for NASA’s CAPSTONE mission. [Source] It has also shipped CENTAURI-5 satellite for Fleet Space’s constellation to Cape Canaveral for the SpaceX Transporter-5 launch. [Source]


🇺🇸GeoOptics gets two satellites of its CICERO-2 EO constellation shipped by 🇺🇸Terran Orbital to Cape Canaveral for launch on SpaceX’s Transporter-5 mission. [Source]


🇺🇸CACI International plans to launch a demonstration satellite partnering with 🇺🇸York Space with two payloads for military use by January 2023 aboard SpaceX Transporter 7 rideshare. [Source]


🇨🇦Space Flight Laboratory and 🇨🇦GHGSat Inc. successfully tested its methane-monitoring microsatellites for launch in spring/summer 2022. [Source]


🇺🇸Spire Global Inc. signed a contract with 🇨🇦Kepler Communications to install Ku-band antennas of Kepler on three of its satellites starting early 2023. [Source]


🇺🇸Blue Canyon Technologies selects 🇳🇿Dawn Aerospace to provide chemical propulsion systems for the X-SAT Saturn microsatellite bus. [Source]


🇺🇸Xona Space Systems delivered their demonstration satellite, Huginn, for its Pulsar constellation to 🇺🇸Spaceflight for launch on SpaceX’s Transporter 5 in May. [Source]


🇺🇸The USSF aims to choose a smallsat launcher for its TacRS-3 mission that can launch payloads to LEO within 24 hrs during an emergency. [Source]



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