Hot on the heels of its first dedicated mission via the Falcon 9 launch of the SSO-A mission late last year, Spaceflight is preparing for its first rideshare mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). The Falcon 9 launch of primary payload Nusantara Satu (PSN VI) – now set to launch from SLC-40 No Earlier Than (NET) Feb 21 – will include two passengers using Spaceflight’s rideshare option, which the company notes are part of its evolving offerings.
The upcoming launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket loft the Indonesian communications satellite, named Nusantara Satu (PSN VI), en route to its operational destination at 146 degrees East longitude. There it will provide service throughout South East Asia and includes a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload for service in Indonesia.
Along for the ride will be two secondary passengers, under the stewardship of Spaceflight – rideshare and mission management provider.
It follows a dedicated launch on a Falcon 9 when the SSO-A mission launched 64 unique smallsats from 34 organizations from 17 countries in December 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
SSO-A mission launches on a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg – photo by Sam Sun for NSF/L2
The two Spaceflight rideshare ...