Firefly Aerospace, Inc. announced the execution of a Launch Services Agreement with SATLANTIS. Beginning in 2022, SATLANTIS will utilize the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle to deploy a constellation of satellites with breakthrough high-resolution multispectral cameras with four bands of 80 cm native resolution.
“SATLANTIS is constantly developing cutting-edge technologies to support the growing need for high-accuracy and high-revisit Earth observation,” said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. “The Firefly Alpha was specifically designed to support the new wave of low Earth orbit observation constellations and we are pleased to be selected by SATLANTIS to provide launch services for their constellation.”
Firefly is developing a family of launch vehicles and in-space services that provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability. SATLANTIS is one of the largest specialists in high-resolution Earth observation optical payloads for small satellites worldwide,
“SATLANTIS efforts are aimed at providing governments, national space agencies, and industries seeking space capabilities with unparalleled access to high-quality Earth observation data, without the need to develop costly programs of their own,” said SATLANTIS CEO Juan Hernani. “Our partnership with Firefly complements SATLANTIS strategy to deliver these products by providing cost-efficient, on-demand launch services to meet the stringent orbit and revisit requirements of our constellation,”
Alona Kolisnyk, Director of International Business Development for Firefly, added that, “We have worked closely with SATLANTIS to ensure that we will be able to structure the multiple missions required to deliver their spacecraft to the inclinations of their choosing, on the schedule they require in order to achieve their business goals. We look forward to many successful missions together.”
The agreement was announced on 4 February 2020.