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Spaceflight Prepares Historic Launch of More Than 70 Spacecraft Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9


SSO-A: SmallSat Express to launch largest rideshare mission from a
US-based launch vehicle, with 25 percent of the customers launching for
the first time

the leading rideshare and mission management provider, announced details
behind its SSO-A mission, the largest single rideshare mission from a
US-based launch vehicle to date. Spaceflight has contracted with more
than 70 spacecraft from approximately 35 different organizations, to
launch from a SpaceX Falcon 9 later this year. The mission, named SSO-A:
SmallSat Express,
represents the company's purchase of an entire
Falcon 9 to accommodate the growing number of domestic, international,
government and commercial customers seeking affordable rideshare options
to launch their spacecraft into orbit.

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"As our inaugural dedicated rideshare mission, SSO-A: SmallSat Express
is a momentous milestone for Spaceflight," said Curt Blake, president of
Spaceflight. "Launching more than 70 satellites from one launch vehicle
is a challenging feat and our talented team has made many advances to
make this historic launch a reality. As demand for affordable launch
options continues to grow, dedicated rideshare missions will play an
important role in providing frequent and reliable access to space."

SSO-A, which signifies the company's first dedicated rideshare mission
to a Sun-Synchronous Low Earth Orbit, is slated to launch from
Vandenberg Air Force Base. It includes 15 microsats and 56 cubesats from
commercial and government entities, of which more than 30 are from
international organizations from 18 countries including United States,
Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland,
UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, South Africa,
Brazil, and India.

Planet is sending two SkySat small sats, the primary spacecraft on the
launch, along with several Dove cubesats. They are also sponsoring the
launch of two cubesats: one from Georgia Institute of Technology and one
from University of Colorado Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space

Among the spacecraft onboard, 23 are from universities, 19 are imaging
satellites, 23 are technology demonstrations, two are art exhibits, and
one is from a high school. Seventy-five percent are commercial

A few notable customers include University of North Carolina-Wilmington,
NovaWurks, Ghalam, Helios Wire/Sirion Global, King Mongkut's University
of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Astrocast, Honeywell Aerospace,
HawkEye 360, Nevada Museum of Art, Fleet Space Technologies, Korea
Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Audacy, Capella Space
Corporation, University of Colorado Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric
and Space Physics, and many others.

"Thanks to a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation,
UNC-Wilmington is ready to launch the first cubesat equipped to provide
scientists around the world with a new instrument to study the ocean,"
said Dr. John M. Morrison, Professor, Department of Physics and Physical
Oceanography and Center for Marine Science at UNC-Wilmington. "It's been
a tremendous team effort with NASA and others to design and build the
low-cost, next generation, miniature ocean color sensors aboard a
cubesat, and we're excited to work with Spaceflight to see it off into
orbit. By making the data from the SeaHawk-1 available to everyone for
free, our hope is to address a number of critical societal needs,
especially in coastal regions."

With the majority of the spacecraft being integrated in Spaceflight's
Auburn, Wash.-facility, the stack is one of the most complex and
intricate endeavors the company has undertaken. The smallsats will be
integrated with a variety of dispensers and avionics to an upper free
flyer and lower free flyer. Spaceflight is handling all the mission
management planning, engineering, integration, mission assurance and
system engineering processes, regulatory and policy procedures,
contracting, and business development for the mission.

Spaceflight has launched more than 140 satellites to date from a variety
of launch vehicles including Falcon 9, PSLV, Dnepr, Antares, and Soyuz.
It recently announced agreements for launches on Electron, Vega, and
LauncherOne. The company has already launched 22 spacecraft on two
missions this year and has plans to launch 97 more across six upcoming
missions to LEO and GEO by the end of 2018. Additionally, the company
has plans for approximately 10 scheduled missions in 2019.

About Spaceflight

Spaceflight is revolutionizing the business of spaceflight by delivering
a new model for accessing space. A comprehensive launch services and
mission management provider, the company provides a straightforward and
cost-effective suite of products and services including state-of-the-art
satellite infrastructure and rideshare launch offerings that enable
commercial and government entities to achieve their mission goals on
time and on budget. A service offering of Spaceflight Industries in
Seattle Wash., Spaceflight provides its services through a global
network of partners, ground stations and launch vehicle providers. For
more information, visit

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