LONDON, 26/01/2023 – Isar Aerospace – a European launch service company – and US-based Spaceflight Inc. have announced they have signed a multi-launch services agreement. Spaceflight, a launch services provider, has secured one dedicated launch to a sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) in 2026, launching from Andøya, Norway. Under the agreement, Spaceflight will also have the option to add another dedicated launch in 2025.
Over the past decade, Spaceflight has delivered more than 450 spacecraft across 55 launches involving both rideshare and dedicated launches. Their launch and in-space transportation services include providing security capabilities as well as comprehensive integration and logistics services. Spaceflight is responsible for the launch of five next-gen Sherpa orbital transfer vehicles, carrying more than 50 customer payloads including CubeSats, microsats, and hosted payloads.
“We’re very much looking forward to working with Isar Aerospace to help us meet that growing need,” says Curt Blake, CEO and president of Spaceflight. “They have been successful in securing launch infrastructure and have made significant technological developments over recent years, and we welcome them into our launch vehicle portfolio.”
Isar Aerospace in-house developed two-stage launch vehicle can deliver up to 1,000 kilograms to low Earth orbit (LEO) and up to 700 kilograms to sun-synchronous orbit (SSO). They are currently working toward their first test flight of Spectrum which is planned for 2023.
“We thank Spaceflight for the confidence it has placed in Isar Aerospace’s team and are excited to welcome Spaceflight customers on board Spectrum’s flights,” says Stella Guillen, chief commercial officer at Isar Aerospace. “Adding the first US-based company to our international client roster, we clearly see the growing market need for flexible space access and international alternatives. Across the globe, a growing number of vital technologies are dependent on easy access to space and private launch services like Isar Aerospace offer the solution.”