Spaceflight Inc., reports it is handling the launch of Canon Electronics’ CE-SAT-IB imaging satellite on Rocket Lab’s Electron. The mission will lift away from the Launch Complex of Rocket Lab 1 in Mahia Peninsula’s southern point, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The launch window opens July 4 NZT/July 3 UTC.
CE-SAT-IB is a 67 kilogram microsatellite that can resolve 90 centimeter objects on the ground from distance. In addition, Spaceflight is coordinating the launching of the following Canon satellite, CE-SAT-IIB, that is supposed to lift off following the mission aboard an Electron, also in 2020. It will carry three cameras with unique resolutions and sensitivities.
“We are looking forward to getting these next creation Canon spacecraft on orbit and also assisting them kickstart their constellation,” said Curt Blake, CEO and president of Spaceflight.
“Our ability to discover the most appropriate rides on space for our clients is crucial, particularly when their company plans need a regular cadence of launches. Offering end-to-end launching services throughout multiple launching vehicles provides our clients flexibility, along with assurance that we are going to find them where they would like to proceed, aligned with their program.”
This mission, called Pics Or It Didn’t Happen by Rocket Lab, signifies Spaceflight’s fourth launching with Rocket Lab at the past twelve months, also follows the successful jumps of 10 spacecraft on previous missions”Make it Rain” (June 2019),”Look Ma No Hands” (August 2019), and”Running from Fingers” (November 2019). Although earlier this year, this mission was scheduled to launch, it was postponed due to the pandemic.
Spaceflight has continued to work with Rocket Lab Canon Electronics, and government officials to establish as expeditiously and safely as the conditions allow. Like the missions, Spaceflight handled the launching capacity integration, procurement and mission management services.
“This launch is quite crucial for Canon Electronics since we’re starting a satellite at which we have unexpectedly improved the proportion of in-house development of components in comparison with the preceding launch,” said Dr. Nobutada Sako, team executive, Satellite Systems Lab, Canon Electronics Inc.”Partnering with Spaceflight on this mission has been very helpful and we look forward to a successful launch of our aquariums .”
Since its founding, Spaceflight has established over 270 satellites via 29 rocket sticks, setting itself. Spaceflight is scheduled to perform over six missions across different launch vehicles, such as the Falcon 9, SSLV, Vega, Electron and PSLV.