PocketQube pioneer Alba Orbital, in breakthrough export order, sells 2 satellites to U.S.-based Stara Space

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Alba Orbital of Scotland, in its first export, has sold two 750-gram PocketQube satellites to startup Stara Space of the United States, which is designing a communications constellation for secure data transfers with inter-satellite links.

The launch, on a yet-undisclosed rocket, is scheduled for late this year on a flight-proven rocket, Alba said. The launch will carry five other PocketQube-class satellites. Alba Chief Executive Tom Walkinshaw said the launch should be the start of “a regular service for the PocketQube community, servicing startups such as Stara, universities . . .

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