Need a launch for your PocketQube Satellite? We can find you opportunities to get your satellite flown. The secondary payload market allows small satellites to be flown alongside other satellites. Existing Launch brokers have typically not been interested in PocketQubes, as you need a large number of satellites to fill any launch vehicle. PocketQubes launch services significantly undercut existing cubesat prices to leo (from approx $100k for 1U/$300k for 3U to 25k euro for a 1p), democratizing access to space.
Alba Orbital has developed strong partnerships with several launch companies and brokers. This enables us to offer launch opportunities to companies, universities and teams. Alba Orbital has plans to launch PocketQubes from H2, 2018. We intend to run an annual launch service to ensure reliable access to space for PocketQube teams.
Launch Opportunities from Alba Orbital:
Deployers and Interface Control Document (ICD):
Alba Launch clusters use Albapod deployers. These come in two varieties, 6p and 96p. Albapod uses a flight proven release mechanism to ensure performance in-orbit. Our Interface Control Document (ICD) covers the technical requirements for interfacing a sat to our deployer.
Draft Albapod Interface Control Document (ICD): version 0.1
PocketQube Standard: Issue 1
Waiting Lists: Due to the popularity of Alba Launch Clusters, we will likely need to open waiting lists from time to time. These waiting lists will offer a opportunity for PocketQube teams to get a slot if a manifested team becomes de-manifested. It may also allow us to fly an additional albapod if a sufficient number of teams join the waiting list. It would also guarantee a slot on the next cluster if none of these scenarios occur. If customers are looking to purchase an Alba Platform such as Unicorn-2, we would always open up extra slots for these platforms to ensure they can launch asap.