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Space Flight Laboratory Announces New Line of Cost-Effective CubeSats to Expand its Current Satellite Offerings

By Eric Van Rees - 28th July 2020 - 06:14

Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), a developer of microspace missions for 22 years, has announced a new line of high-performance, low-cost CubeSat buses.

The 3U (“THUNDER”), 6U (“SPARTAN”) and 12U/16U (“JAEGER”) CubeSats complement SFL’s legacy suite of space-heritage nano- and microsatellites, fulfilling mission size requirements from 3 kg to 500 kg.

SFL will discuss its new CubeSats and legacy buses at the virtual Small Satellite Conference (SmallSat 2020) being held online Aug. 1-6, 2020.

SFL was among the first in the world to launch CubeSats including the CanX-1 CubeSat in 2003 and CanX-2 in 2008, with capabilities that exceeded the state-of-the-art at that time. Since then SFL focused on somewhat larger, more capable satellites for more challenging missions, garnering a reputation for “quality at low cost.” As SFL delivered high-performance, high-quality microsatellites for more than two decades, the CubeSat market matured, and the number of commercial opportunities increased.

The new product line of high performance CubeSats leverages SFL’s quality platform technologies while addressing the need for aggressive, disruptive missions and satellites that are as small as possible to meet highly constrained business demands. This represents a return to CubeSats for SFL but with the ability to leverage more than 22 years of experience and technological advancements.

Bringing to bear the accumulated power of SFL know-how and technologies will satisfy the now mature demand for platforms that perform well and are compatible with commercial-off-the-shelf CubeSat deployers and aggregated launches.

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