Seattle, WA – April 30, 2012 — Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight) announced today that it has signed a contract with the USAF Space Development and Test Directorate to fly up to two government spacecraft on commercial launch vehicles.
The United States Air Force’s Space Development and Test Directorate has contracted with Spaceflight to evaluate commercial launch options for, and potentially conduct commercial launch and orbit insertion operations of, the STP Satellite-3 (STPSat-3) and Kestrel Eye Tactical Imaging Spacecraft (Kestrel Eye) spacecraft.
“We are extremely honored that the USAF Space Development and Test Directorate has selected us for this important mission,” said Jason Andrews, President and CEO of Spaceflight Inc.
Under the multiphase contract Spaceflight will conduct a feasibility study of potential commercial launch options that meet the space vehicle payload insertion requirements. Spaceflight, working with its sister company Andrews Space (Andrews), will conduct mission analysis and payload integration design activities and document the results to be used for future commercial launch campaigns.
Based on the results of the feasibility assessment the USAF can exercise options for the launch of STPSat-3 and Kestrel Eye on the proposed commercial launch vehicle.
“This is a critical pathfinding contract,” continued Andrews. “Our goal is to ...