Virgin Orbit signs contract to launch Italian technology demonstrator micro-satellite

by | Aug 16, 2017 | commercial launch services, ESA, Satellites, Seradata News

On 11 August, Virgin Orbit signed a contract for the provision of one of their air-launched, small-satellite launch vehicles, LauncherOne, to Italian aerospace manufacturer SITAEL S.p.A. The mission will be for SITAEL’s technology demonstration spacecraft µHETSAT, which is exhibiting their new in-house micro-satellite platform and low-power, Hall-effect electric thruster.

The µHETSAT has been conducted in collaboration with both the European Space Agency (ESA) and Italian Space Agency (ASI).

Corporate logo of SITAEL S.p.A. Courtesy of SITAEL

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