Spaceflight ends its silence, asks U.S. government to permit smallsat use of Indian rockets

by Peter B. de Selding

Spaceflight Inc. is asking the U.S. government to permit the launch of U.S.-built commercial satellites on India's PSLV rocket, saying U.S. alternatives are years away from meeting the demand and that foreign rockets' all-in cost is no less than that of U.S. vehicles. The Spaceflight Sherpa smallsat carrier, above, has been waiting for a flight opportunity for two years. Credit: Spaceflight Inc.


PARIS — Spaceflight Industries on March 1 ended its speak-no-evil silence about U.S. policy prohibiting the use of India’s PSLV rocket, saying the U.S. domestic launch . . .

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