July, 2017

Successful launch: Exolaunch delivers 17 satellites to orbit aboard Soyuz launch vehicle

July 14th, 2017 Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage launched the Kanopus-V-IK Earth observation satellite for the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos from Baikonur launch site, Kazakhstan.

The primary payload and 72 auxiliary payloads of a smallsat cluster were successfully deployed into three different target orbits during this mission. On this mission Exolaunch successfully arranged launch capacity and delivered mission services and deployment solutions to 16 cubesats and 2 microsats. All small satellites were integrated by Exolaunch engineers at the Roscosmos technical facilities at Baikonur launch site.

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Making up part of Exolaunch’s manifest were: The Lemur-2 nanosatellites produced by Spire Global. The NanoACE 3U cube satellite was a technology demonstrator validating the Endeavor suite technologies produced by NanoTyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. Named CICERO, three 6U satellites were launched as part of a constellation developed by GeoOptics. The microsatellite from Exolaunch’s manifest was developed at the Technical University of Berlin.

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