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Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) Announces Launch of Nine Satellites Supporting Four Microspace Missions

By Eric Van Rees - 17th April 2023 - 05:17

Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), a developer of complete microspace missions, announced the launch and successful deployment of nine satellites at 06:48 am UTC on 15 April 2023 (11:48 pm PDT, 14 April 2023).

Launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the SpaceX Transporter-7 ride-sharing mission carried SFL-designed microspace platforms into orbit for four different repeat customers.

The Transporter-7 launch included:

*HawkEye 360 Cluster 7, based on SFL’s 30-kg DEFIANT platform, is comprised of three formation-flying, radio frequency geolocating microsatellites integrated at HawkEye 360 Inc.’s U.S. facility under SFL’s Flex Production program.

*Three next-generation greenhouse gas monitoring microsatellites, known as GHGSat-C6, C7 and C8, built by SFL on its 15-kg NEMO platform for GHGSat Inc. of Montreal, Canada.

*NorSat-TD microsatellite built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Agency on SFL’s DEFIANT platform to carry multiple advanced or experimental payloads.

*Commercial communications CubeSats developed using the SFL 6U-XL SPARTAN design for a Toronto-based company

Dating from 1998, SFL’s 25-year heritage of on-orbit successes includes 69 operational missions, with an additional 21 under development or awaiting launch. Customized payloads include a wide range of applications related to Earth observation, atmospheric monitoring, ship tracking, communication, radio frequency (RF) geolocation, technology demonstration, space astronomy, solar physics, space plasma, and other scientific research.

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