Spaceflight to launch LASP satellite in historic mission

Monday August 6, 2018 0 comments Tags: Boulder, CU Boulder LASP, Spaceflight Industries

SEATTLE -- A satellite from the University of Colorado Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) will be aboard Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries' SSO-A mission.

The mission is the largest single rideshare mission from as U.S.-based launched vehicle to date, according to Spaceflight.LASP_logo

The LASP satellite is slated to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif.

Spaceflight said it has contracted with more than 70 spacecraft from about 35 organizations to launch from a SpaceX Falcon 9 later this year.

In addition to CU Boulder’s LASP, the launch will include spacecraft from 22 other universities and 18 countries including Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, U.K., Germany, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, South Africa, Brazil and India.

“As our inaugural dedicated rideshare mission, SSO-A: SmallSat Express is a momentous milestone for Spaceflight," said Curt Blake, Spaceflight president.

“Launching more than 70 satellites from one launch vehicle is a challenging feat and our talented team has made many advances to make this historic launch a reality.

“As demand for affordable launch options continues to grow, dedicated rideshare missions will play an important role in providing frequent and reliable access to space.”

Spaceflight said it has launched more than 140 satellites to date from a variety of launch vehicles.