Spaceflight readies 71-satellite SpaceX launch, addresses smallsat regulatory, liquidated-damages issues

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Launch-service aggregator Spaceflight expects to launch 71 satellites for more than 30 customers on a single SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket late this year — the date is holding, so far — in the company’s first purchase of an entire large rocket.

Seattle-based Spaceflight collects smallsat owner demand and then hunts for launch opportunities.

The company already bears the telltale scars of the space industry: A planned 2016 launch of several dozen satellites, as a secondary passenger on a Falcon 9, was cancelled after multiple launcher-related delays . . .

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