Skykraft announces second 2022 mission aboard SpaceX rocket

UNSW Canberra-based air traffic management startup Skykraft has announced the planned upcoming launch of a second tranche of its satellites aboard a SpaceX rocket, scheduled for October 2022.

Skykraft aims to have a constellation  of 210 small satellites deployed and operating in 2023, providing “continuous coverage for aircraft at all altitudes and locations” to improve their safety and efficiency. 

According to a statement from the company on Thursday, it will launch a second planned tranche of traffic management satellites aboard SpaceX’s Transporter-6 in October 2022. This will follow a launch on SpaceX’s Transporter-5 launch in June that year.

“By choosing SpaceX as our launch provider, we get regular and reliable flights to run an aggressive spiral development program and supercharge the services we can provide from space,” said chief engineer Dr Doug Griffin in the announcement.

The June mission will feature a 300-kilogram craft, carrying an unspecified number of its own small satellites, plus planned payloads for Australian National University (ANU), CSIRO, Valiant, University of Melbourne, and Swinburne University. 

Skykraft is a UNSW Space spinout business, and based at the university’s city campus in Canberra.

Picture: Skykraft founders Dr Craig Benson, Dr Doug Griffin and Mark Skidmore (supplied)

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