BOSTON – Launch integrator TriSept Corp. announced plans Jan. 14 to purchase an Orbex Prime launch vehicle for a dedicated rideshare mission to fly from Scotland’s Sutherland Spaceport in 2022.
TriSept, a longtime U.S. launch vehicle integrator and mission manager, announced plans in December to open an office in the United Kingdom as part of a comprehensive teaming agreement with the Satellite Applications Catapult. Through the new contract with the United Kingdom-based Orbex, TriSept is continuing to expand its international presence.
“We’ve been engaging with the international community to increase the number of spacecraft providers available to help fill these missions,” Jason Armstrong, TriSept Launch Integration Services director, told SpaceNews. “Rideshare is become a prevalent portion of almost every launch.”
TriSept is Orbex’s first U.S. customer. “We’ve had good traction in the European market but this contract with a U.S. customer is a key milestone for us,” said Jan Skolmli, Orbex chief commercial officer.
TriSept is also the first mission integrator to buy an Orbex Prime rocket. Prior to the TriSept deal, Orbex signed contracts directly with satellite customers.
“In certain cases, the best approach is to work directly with the customer,” Skolmli said. “In other cases, it is best ...