Orbital transfer vehicle of SpaceFlight, getting ready to fly alongside SpaceX

Sherpa-FX will transport not only customer spacecraft, but also multiple hosted payloads including one for Celestic Inc. SpaceFlight aims to provide its customers access to flight-proven technologies by demonstrating tracking systems on orbit.

Orbital transfer vehicle of SpaceFlight, getting ready to fly alongside SpaceX
Orbital transfer vehicle of SpaceFlight, getting ready to fly alongside SpaceX

Orbital transfer vehicle of SpaceFlight, getting ready to fly alongside SpaceX

Sherpa-FX, the next generation orbital transfer vehicle of SpaceFlight Inc., will fly alongside SpaceX on a ride-sharing mission. The ride sharing mission, SXRS-3 is scheduled to launch on Falcon 9 not until December 2020.

Sherpa-FX will transport not only customer spacecraft, but also multiple hosted payloads including one for Celestic Inc. SpaceFlight aims to provide its customers access to flight-proven technologies by demonstrating tracking systems on orbit.

These technologies will help manage space traffic and mitigate space congestion. Payloads by NearSpace Launch, Keplerian Technologies and their hardware partner Tiger Innovations, and Space Domain Awareness Inc., are a few technologies which will be onboard Sherpa-FX.

An independent capability to identify and track the spacecraft will be made available to spacecraft developers without drawing on the host spacecraft resources.

Grant Bonin, senior vice president of business development for Spaceflight Inc, stated that Spaceflight is committed to providing unmatched launch flexibility for customers — whether that’s re-manifesting on a different vehicle due to delays, deployments to exotic or special orbits, or the ability to fly and operate hosted payloads.

He also added that in-space transportation is essential to meeting the customer’s specific needs to get their spacecraft delivered to orbit exactly when and where they want it.

Sherpa-FX is capable of executing multiple deployments, providing independent and detailed deployment telemetry, and flexible interfaces, all at a low cost. Curt Blake, president and CEO of Spaceflight, stated that they aim to make getting to space easier, faster and with more reliability than ever before.

To do that, they have to build flexibility into everything they offer — from their contracting practices, integration processes that enable spacecraft to move seamlessly between launch vehicles, and providing customers with a wide range of mission services.

They are excited to expand their comprehensive suite of launch services to support their customers’ mission needs.