Space Flight Laboratory launches new CubeSat line

By on 28 July, 2020

A Space Flight Laboratories 6U “SPARTAN” CubeSat. Image provided.

Space Flight Laboratories launches three new low-cost, high-performance CubeSat buses.

The veteran Toronto-based ‘microspace’ manufacturer said that its new CubeSat platforms join its existing complement of micro- and nano-satellites, and takes  aims at new market entrants as the CubeSat market has expanded.

“The new line of high-performance CubeSats will allow us to offer something for everyone, from market disruption to long-term operational stability,” said SFL Director Dr. Robert E. Zee.

“The spectrum of SFL platform offerings will enable staged roadmaps to larger missions for some customers. Having platforms that cover the full range of capability will make transitioning and forward compatibility easier for our most demanding clients.”

The 3U (“THUNDER”), 6U (“SPARTAN”) and 12U/16U (“JAEGER”) CubeSats are made available in standard and accelerated development options, the latter aimed at short term proof-of-concept applications.

“Every satellite we build – whether CubeSat, nanosat, or microsat – incorporates the same flight heritage, avionics, and attitude control that we have developed and refined after developing 52 distinct satellites – either launched or launching soon – the Microspace Way,” said Zee.

“Regardless of the demands of the mission, we use the same generic core and scale the platform as necessary to meet specific mission objectives.”

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