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Offline nadreck

Given that Space Flight Industries seems poised to be a major contender in the launch services aggregater marketplace, I do think they should have their own updates and discussion thread here.

Note that, as per Satellite news they are having a cyber Monday sale (ok they lowered prices at least until the end of the year) on launch 3U form factor satellites by 33%.  What is interesting is that this for a 2018 launch to SSO. I don't think they are worried about filling the flights over the next two years which suggests to me that they are testing the waters to see how price sensitive their market is, but that for now they know they enough of a market to do a number of dedicated flights for their aggregate business.
It is all well and good to quote those things that made it past your confirmation bias that other people wrote, but this is a discussion board damnit! Let us know what you think! And why!

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Re: Spaceflight Industries - updates and discussions
« Reply #1 on: 03/24/2016 08:17 PM »
http://spacenews.com/spaceflight-waits-out-spacex-delays-expands-rideshare-business-to-larger-satellites-and-geo-orbit/

An interview, during the recent Satellite 2016 conference, with Spaceflight Chief Executive Jason Andrews and Spaceflight Services President Curt Blake

They intend to aggregate secondaries for GTO missions too!
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Re: Spaceflight Industries - updates and discussions
« Reply #2 on: 11/16/2016 01:45 AM »
Spaceflight Industries unveils BlackSky satellite’s first pictures of our planet

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Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries is sharing some of the first pictures of Earth ever taken by its low-cost, high-resolution BlackSky Pathfinder-1 satellite – and they’re spectacular.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/spaceflight-industries-unveils-blacksky-satellite-185953973.html

YouTube Video (included in above article):
We need to simplify geospatial technology
Geospatial Media

Published on Nov 13, 2016
Jason Andrews
Founder & CEO
Blacksky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMeZdr-_7ZU?t=001



photo credit: Spaceflight Industries
« Last Edit: 11/16/2016 01:46 AM by catdlr »
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Re: Spaceflight Industries - updates and discussions
« Reply #6 on: 09/16/2017 02:49 PM »
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BlackSky and NGA Kick Off GEOINT Broker Platform Program
By Jodi Sorensen
September 14, 2017

Program to deliver a cloud-based geospatial intelligence broker platform

SEATTLE – Sept. 14, 2017 – Spaceflight Industries today announced the work BlackSky is doing for the Air Force Research Lab to develop and deliver a cloud-based geospatial intelligence broker platform is being conducted in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). On Aug. 29, the Air Force Research Lab awarded BlackSky, a division of Spaceflight Industries, a two-year $16.4 million cost-plus-prime contract for this work.

Under the contract, BlackSky will design and develop a GEOINT Broker Development Platform for evaluation by analysts, including those within the NGA. This program continues BlackSky’s support to the Predictive GEOINT Prototype (PGP) program that began in late 2014.

“BlackSky is excited to build on our long-standing relationship with the NGA,” said Brian O’Toole, executive vice president and chief technology officer of BlackSky. “The Broker Platform Program, conducted in cooperation with NGA, has evolved from a series of early capability demonstrations to a set of tools that analysts can use to access non-traditional GEOINT data sources and information services.”

The program features an agile development approach where NGA users provide continuous feedback and input into the platform development activities. O’Toole added, “This type of partnership between the NGA, the Air Force, and the commercial industry is proving to be an effective approach to accelerating the delivery of mission-specific GEOINT capabilities across the community.”

BlackSky is a division of Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries and serves government and private sector organizations with solutions enabled by the BlackSky platform. Within the platform, users can access BlackSky Spectra’s on-demand imagery service to search, purchase, task, and download visual imagery and multi-spectral data from a global collection network. They can also subscribe to BlackSky Events, the platform’s global event monitoring service that fuses news, social media, industry data services and physical sensor networks to provide early warning and insights on risks, threats, and opportunities that can impact their business.

For more information, visit www.blacksky.com or contact sales@blacksky.com.

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Re: Spaceflight Industries - updates and discussions
« Reply #7 on: 09/16/2017 02:56 PM »
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Thales Alenia Space, Telespazio and Spaceflight Industries Partner to Accelerate the BlackSky Geospatial Platform and High Revisit Rate Constellation
By Jodi Sorensen
September 15, 2017

Parties Create World-Class Small Satellite Production Company to Build BlackSky Constellation

Paris, September 15, 2017 – The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries which includes the following elements:

-    A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform and plans to build and operate a constellation of 60 small high-resolution observation satellites featuring very short revisit times;

-    The creation of an industrial Joint Venture in the United States between Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries specialized in the production of small satellites;

-    The implementation of a Joint Cooperation and Marketing Agreement between Telespazio and BlackSky enhancing their respective product and analytics portfolios on the market.

“This partnership reflects the ‘new space’ transformation strategy being implemented by Thales Alenia Space, with the ultimate aim of becoming a major manufacturer of small observation satellites constellations featuring short revisit times, both in Europe and the United States,” said Jean-Loïc Galle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thales Alenia Space.

“This joint cooperation and marketing agreement gives both Telespazio and BlackSky a strong market boost to access leading markets in the geoinformation domain with highly innovative products,” added Luigi Pasquali, Chief Executive Officer of Telespazio.

“This partnership with two leaders in the European space industry accelerates our BlackSky business plan by funding our constellation, minimizing our constellation production risk, and reducing our time to market within key market segments,” said Jason Andrews, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spaceflight Industries.

The Earth observation market is undergoing constant changes, with an increasing focus on requirements that combine high resolution and much shorter revisit times. Thales Alenia Space, Spaceflight Industries and Telespazio are combining their strengths to offer a constellation of small satellites that will be deployed in conjunction with a smart ground segment to offer services at very competitive prices by calling on massive and automated data/image processing. The result is a disruptive product, designed not only for traditional customers in the commercial observation market, but also to support the development of new vertical B2B markets, such as mining, energy, transport, finance, agriculture, industry and environment, and even B2C.

The agreement will be finalized pending all required regulatory authorizations.

Related articles:
[GeekWire] Spaceflight Industries teams with Europe’s Thales Alenia and Telespazio for satellites
[SpaceNews] BlackSky taps Thales Alenia to build constellation of 60 fast-revisit EO satellites
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Re: Spaceflight Industries - updates and discussions
« Reply #8 on: 09/19/2017 08:15 AM »
Hi (first post on the forum despite being a daily reader since 7 years),

It is interesting to see how the company has been diversifying over the years with a clear focus on analytics and big data.
 
I have been recently offered a position at Spaceflight Services and I am looking for feedback about working conditions.

Does anyone have some clues about the mood there ?

Thanks

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Re: Spaceflight Industries - updates and discussions
« Reply #9 on: 10/02/2017 07:25 PM »
SPACEFLIGHT AWARDED FIRST NASA CONTRACT FOR LAUNCH OF U-CLASS PAYLOADS
By Jodi Sorensen
OCTOBER 2, 2017

NASA KSC multi-year contract includes integration and launch of 72U capacity of cubesat rideshare

Seattle – October 2, 2017 – Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it was awarded its first NASA Contract for launch and integration services. The multi-year contract covers launch services in 2018 for a maximum of 24 payloads, with options to provide launch services for up to 24 additional payloads in 2019 and 2020. The potential total contract value is more than $5 million.

U-Class payloads are miniature space research satellites that typically utilize commercial, off-the-shelf electronic components. The U-Class payloads flown by NASA, often created by universities and nonprofit organizations, play a foundational role in the agency’s technology development and include investigations in planetary exploration, Earth observation, and fundamental Earth and space science.

“We’re pleased to work with NASA on these cubesat missions as it further validates our rideshare business model of providing frequent, cost-effective access to space,” said Curt Blake, president of Spaceflight. “Not only can commercial entities benefit from this new shared-space economy, but governmental agencies are quickly realizing the economies of it as well.”

Spaceflight provides the most launch options for customers, working with nearly every global launch vehicle provider, including the Falcon 9, PSLV, Dnepr, Antares, Cygnus, Electron, Soyuz and others, to ensure organizations can access space when they want. The “rideshare service” model provides more options for organizations to reach a desired orbit at a much lower cost than buying their own launch vehicle.

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Re: Spaceflight Industries - updates and discussions
« Reply #10 on: 10/03/2017 12:02 AM »
Hi (first post on the forum despite being a daily reader since 7 years),

It is interesting to see how the company has been diversifying over the years with a clear focus on analytics and big data.
 
I have been recently offered a position at Spaceflight Services and I am looking for feedback about working conditions.

Does anyone have some clues about the mood there ?

Thanks

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« Reply #11 on: 10/04/2017 04:24 AM »
NASA launching up to 72 smallsats with Spaceflight for $5.5 million

WASHINGTON — NASA signed its first contract with small satellite rideshare company Spaceflight to launch as many as 72 cubesats between now and 2020 for a total price of up to $5.5 million.

Specifically, the contract enables the launch of 72 “units,” which typically measure 10 centimeters in length, width and height, and have a mass of around 1.33 kilograms. These units are often assembled in groups to form larger cubesats, such as the 3U cubesats Spire and Planet use, or the 6U Arkyd satellites of Planetary Resources.

Seattle-based Spaceflight provides rideshare opportunities on U.S. rockets from SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Rocket Lab, as well as India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, Russia’s Soyuz and the Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr. NASA’s launch policy, however, will restrict the 72U to ride solely on American rockets.
http://spacenews.com/nasa-launching-up-to-72-smallsats-with-spaceflight-for-5-5-million/
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« Reply #12 on: 11/06/2017 05:01 PM »
[GeekWire Nov. 3, 2017] Spaceflight Industries issues $150 million investment offer amid high-flying plans
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Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries is seeking as much as $150 million in new investment as it gets ready for a key rocket launch and a dramatic expansion of its satellite presence.

The outlines of the offering are described in documents filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing reports that $40,656,523 worth of securities have been sold, with $110 mlllion remaining to sell. The first sale was recorded on Oct. 19, according to the filing.
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