The International Astronautical Federation and GK Launch Services Offer a Free Ride for a 1U Cubesat

The International Astronautical Federation — IAF — in cooperation with GK Launch Services are pleased to announce an exclusive competition for a free launch of 1U cubesat on the First Commercial Mission of GK Launch Services.

All IAF member organizations are invited to participate in the competition and profit from this unique opportunity to win a launch operated by GK Launch Services, planned for the second quarter of 2020. Please note that this competition aims with priority at reaching out to Space University teams from emerging countries.

The launcher will be Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat. The new generation of Soyuz launchers features high reliability, multi-functionality and eco-friendliness and will be launched from Baikonur. 

GK Launch Services CEO, Alexander Serkin, said the company is happy to provide a launch opportunity for a 1U cubesat on the firm’s first commercial mission. It is important to GK to support scientific projects, especially those made by students.

At this direct infolink are the mechanical loads that secondary payloads (small SC) experience during Soyuz-2/Fregat ground operations and launch.

Applications must be submitted to by 31 August 2019 and must include:

  • Description of bidding organisation and background experience with respect to CubeSats (if available)
  • Description of proposed CubeSat mission
  • Description of available facilities (e.g., integration and test facilities, ground station)
  • Funding and readiness status

A joint IAF – GK Launch Services Selection Board will review the applications and select the winner, who will be announced at the IAC 2019 in Washington D.C. that is taking place from October 21 to 25, 2019.

Founded in April 2017, GK Launch Services — a joint venture of GLAVKOSMOS JSC, and subsidiary of ROSCOSMOS State Space and International Space Company KOSMOTRAS, LLC. — is the operator of Soyuz-2 commercial launches from the Russian space ports.

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