NASA awards contract to launch miniature payloads
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA has tapped Spaceflight Inc. for integration and launch services for so-called “U-Class payloads.” These tiny space research satellites. This contract, one with a firm-fixed-price, is for base launch services in 2018 for 24 payloads.
Up to 24 more payloads could be launched in 2019 and 2020, with a total possible contract value of some $5,484,000. Both integration and launch services are to be provided under this contract.
This class of payloads are normally produced using “off-the-shelf” electronic parts. NASA typically flies these payloads on behalf of educational and government entities.
Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.