Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – The U.S. launch integrator TriSept signed with the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) to integrate a small cubesat demonstration on a Rocket Lab Electron next year.
The SMDC will test the small satellite bus to foster “the development of new, game-changing capabilities for the U.S. Army’s tactical ground forces”, the Virginia-based company announced.
TriSept secured both the U.S. Army’s rideshare slot and payload dispenser, which will release the cubesat into orbit aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle, the company said.
“This leading-edge mission for the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command will orbit aboard a satellite smaller than a loaf of bread, but will have a huge impact on milestone developments in warfighter capabilities on the battlefield and beyond,” said Rob Spicer, TriSept CEO.
“This rideshare exemplifies the very heart of our overall vision at Rocket Lab; that even the smallest of the small satellites can make a major difference in both commercial and government markets,” said Lars Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Global Launch Services for Rocket Lab.