SpaceHorizon is immediately offering the firm’s launch services portfolio and is accepting orders for missions starting in late 2019.
According to the company, they have assembled a diverse portfolio of launch services to provide timely transportation into space, leveraging the growing number of commercial companies using new business models and technology to lower the cost to orbit.
Today’s smallsat mission can be anything from a single sub-kilogram PocketQube to multiple dorm fridge-size ESPA-class satellites deployed in the same orbital plane and one launcher won’t fit all needs. SpaceHorizon is working with several established and emerging launch firms to provide a balanced catalog of services for placing satellites into orbit, giving the customer options based on payload mass, orbit, budget, time to launch, and established flight record.
According to SpaceHorizon President and Founder Philip Berthiaume, “We put the small satellite owner first. Time to orbit is driving the New Space age and the company is partnering with several launch firms to provide quicker, more convenient access to space beyond the traditional rideshare model.”
He added that next-generation smallsat launchers provide commercial ventures, research organizations, and governments with correct-sized access to orbit and more independence on launch schedule and orbital delivery, noting that traditional rideshare places the small satellite owner at the mercy of the largest paying customer. “If that customer is delayed, so are the other dozen or more companies dependent upon that launch. SpaceHorizon believes small satellite owners need Lyft-style transportation options to augment the current bus ticket model.”