|[June 22, 2016]
Spaceflight Successfully Launches Flock of 12 Planet Dove Satellites on India's PSLV
the leading provider of integrated launch services for small satellites,
today announced it has successfully launched a flock of 12 Planet Dove
satellites from India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The 12
spacecraft are shoebox-sized satellites that will be delivered into
lower Earth orbit to provide imaging data.
"CubeSats like the Dove continue to push the boundaries of what
commercial small satellite technology looks like today," said Curt
Blake, president of Spaceflight. "Coupling them with our integrated
launch services and the PSLV rocket, which continues to be one of the
most routine and reliable avenues for us to launch our customers'
satellites, makes it easier and more affordable for organizations like
Planet to execute their space missions."
Spaceflight previously arranged for the launch of Planet's Dove 1 and
Dove 2 satellites in April 2013, as well as its first flock of
satellites from the nternational Space Station in January 2014 with
partner NanoRacks. Spaceflight then arranged for the launch of 11 more
Dove satellites, known as Flock 1c, from the Dnepr launch vehicle
through partner Innovative Solutions in Space.
"This is a very exciting day for us," commented Mike Safyan, director of
launch and regulatory affairs at Planet. "Adding 12 satellites with the
latest technologies to our fleet operating in Sun Synchronous Orbit will
significantly increase our capacity for imagery collection."
Spaceflight has negotiated the launch of 81 satellites on behalf of its
customers and has contracts to deploy more than 150 satellites through
2018. The company plans to coordinate its largest launch to date - 89
spacecraft - to be deployed by Spaceflight's Sherpa tug from a SpaceX (News - Alert)
Falcon 9 later this year.
Spaceflight, a next-generation, integrated space services company, is
revolutionizing the business of spaceflight by delivering a new
customer-centric model for accessing space. A full service launch
provider, the company provides a straightforward and cost-effective
suite of products and services including state-of-the-art satellite
infrastructure, rideshare capabilities, and global communications
networks that enable commercial and government entities to achieve their
mission goals. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Spaceflight
provides its services through a global network of partners, ground
stations and launch vehicle providers. Spaceflight is a preferred launch
services vendor fully authorized to conduct business directly with
federal government agencies and is on the GSA (News - Alert) Schedule. For more
information, please visit www.spaceflight.com.
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