SpaceX to launch Skykraft air traffic satellites

By on 11 August, 2021

Image courtesy SpaceX

Australian space services company, Skykraft, has announced that it will launch a 300kg satellite on SpaceX’s upcoming Transporter-5 mission.

That satellite will itself carry numerous small satellites that will form the early phase of the company’s planned constellation of 210 satellites.

The Skykraft constellation will provide space-based Air Traffic Management services, with operations due to commence in 2023.

The company is offering the opportunity for other small, hosted payloads to ride along on this and following launches.

“Skykraft is very pleased to ride with SpaceX, the most reliable and effective launch provider in the world, to deploy our Air Traffic Management constellation,” said the Executive Chair of Skykraft, AVM (retd) Mark Skidmore.

“We also congratulate the SpaceX team on their transformative approach to small satellite launch and the rapid cadence of their rideshare opportunities.”

Skykraft operates out of the innovation precinct of the UNSW Canberra City Campus on the eastern edge of the Canberra CBD.

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