The US branch of Surrey Satellite Technology (SST-US) posts this statement concerning the Virgin Galactic LauncherOne project (see previous item). SSTL will offer a smallsat design optimized for the LauncherOne's paylaod mass and volume capabilities:
SST-US collaborates with Virgin Galactic to offer radically cheaper option for developing, launching small satellites
Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) has today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Virgin Galactic optimizing Surrey’s innovative satellites for Virgin’s new launch vehicle, radically lowering the cost of building and launching small satellites.
This MOU comes on the heels of Virgin Galactic’s announcement of its new ”LauncherOne” program, an unmanned rocket that will be air-launched by SpaceShipTwo’s carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, and that will be capable of delivering as much as 225 kg to low Earth Orbit. SST-US and Virgin Galactic have agreed to work together to provide SST-US, the world leader in small satellite manufacturing, the information needed to build the most powerful spacecraft that LauncherOne can support, giving satellite customers a powerful and affordable option to put their payloads into space.
SST-US is the US operation of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), the pioneer in small and cost effective space missions. The collaboration with Virgin Galactic ...