Another Skykraft prototype Air Traffic Management satellite stack has lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Later the company released video footage showing the crfaft separating from the rocket one hour and 17 minutes after lift off (pictured).
This was the company’s second launch for 2023, and part of a programme of planned launches supporting Skykraft’s collaboration with Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) on its space-based air traffic management solution.
A constellation of satellites is planned to not only track aircraft but also provide global communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, regardless of aircraft location.
According to the company, the technology paves the way for a new era of services that will transform how the aviation industry operates, improving safety, reducing fuel costs and contributing significantly to reducing the environmental impact of air transport.
“Today’s launch again showcases Skykraft’s in-house advanced manufacturing capabilities, which have passed the rigorous quality requirements for integration onto the SpaceX Transporter-8 Mission.
“Skykraft’s in-house advanced manufacturing is part of a commitment to minimise capital costs while maximising performance, to drive competitive pricing in space-based services such as Air Traffic Management.”
Skykraft’s Air Traffic Management constellation will grow consistently over the coming years to provide redundant global coverage, with an average of more than seven satellites within range of an aircraft at any time, anywhere in the world.