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Space is hard, and launch is even harder. But yesterday, Rocket Lab achieved an almost unprecedented success last Saturday with “It’s Business Time,” the company’s first commercial launch carrying small satellites from all over the world. This launch is an industry first, as the first commercial mission for a launch vehicle designed and dedicated specifically to putting small satellites like ours in orbit. This launch illustrates how the industry is embracing smaller, cheaper rockets designed specifically to accommodate the growing small satellite industry.
We're excited to be working with NOAA again as part of their Commercial Weather Data Pilot Program. With the expansion of our Boulder, CO office and the hard work of our weather team, we're ready to supply even more data to support government science and weather prediction initiatives.
At the Small Satellite Conference in Utah last week, Spire announced it signed a multi-launch contract with Arianespace to launch one of our largest batches of LEMUR satellites to-date. In 2019, Spire will ride on Vega’s proof of concept mission as part of ESA’s Small Spacecraft Mission Service program, with the option to book additional flights afterward.
Today was an important day for Spire and for the aviation industry as 4 new LEMUR2 satellites entered orbit carrying Spire’s new AirSafe payload alongside their usual suite of ship and weather tracking sensors. They begin the process of adding complete global plane tracking coverage to our constellation of nanosatellites.
The volcanic troubles in Hawaii refuse to abate. It has been two weeks since eruptions began at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, with the latest gigantic eruption last Thursday sending a further slew of ash 30,000ft (9,100m) into the sky, news that will cause consternation for a global airline industry that has been here before. You may remember Iceland 2010, when almost 20 countries closed their airspace to commercial aircraft traffic, affecting circa 10 million travellers over ash concerns. Volcanic ash plays havoc with airplane engines and must be avoided like the plague. Hawaii’s biggest island is effectively becoming a no-fly zone, because airlines don’t have enough reliable wind, weather, and ash data to safely operate in that airspace.
"Glasgow leads Britain's satellite space race" was the headline in a story that ran live on Sky News each hour on April 23rd. We had the unique opportunity to take Thomas Moore, Science Correspondent, through our Glasgow facility where we manufacture the satellites that provide our customers with data.
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