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Deep Space Industries to provide Comet satellite propulsion for BlackSky, LeoStella

3 Apr 2018, 12:02 UTC
Deep Space Industries to provide Comet satellite propulsion for BlackSky, LeoStella
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Deep Space Industries’ Comet small satellite propulsion system.
Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced today that it has signed a contract to provide its Comet water-based satellite propulsion systems for the BlackSky Earth observation constellation of smallsats. DSI will provide an initial block of 20 water thrusters for the BlackSky satellites which are scheduled to start launching later this year.
This announcement comes on the heels of Spaceflight Industries’ recent $150 million funding and the development of LeoStella LLC, a joint venture between Spaceflight Industries and Thales Alenia Space. LeoStella is developing a Seattle-based facility to manufacture the low-cost, high-performance BlackSky satellites and is tasked with building the next 20 spacecraft with the Comet propulsion technology between now and 2020. These smallsats are part of an ultimate constellation of 60 satellites that provide high revisit rate Earth imagery and when combined with other space and terrestrial based sensors, will enable delivery of innovative global monitoring solutions and geospatial activity-based intelligence services.
“The launch-safe propulsion features of the Comet system are well aligned with BlackSky’s performance needs to enable affordable and flexible satellite systems,” said Nick Merski, vice president of space operations, Spaceflight Industries. “We’re looking forward to working with the ...

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