Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Spaceflight Industries Buys Falcon 9 Launch |

WASHINGTON — A Seattle company that arranges launches of small satellites as secondary payloads had acquired a SpaceX Falcon 9 for its first dedicated launch in 2017, the company announced Sept. 30.

Spaceflight Industries said it will fly more than 20 satellites to sun-synchronous orbits on a mission called “2017 Sun Synch Express” scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in the second half of 2017. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the current list price of a Falcon 9, posted on SpaceX’s web site, is $61.2 million.

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