Orbital Updates:

UPDATE 11.12.2018:
We are still alive. First uplink test have been made. Currently we are almost ready to start commissioning the satellite.

UPDATE 05.12.2018:
What happens next?
We now have our cubesat in orbit, but what happens now? We now also have the first contact to it. After we have confirmed all data (we are currently doing that), we will commission it. This means we will test everything that should work. After that we will do some cool experiments in space!

UPDATE 04.12.2018 15:30:
We decoded the first beacons. The 3 beacons are fully available, the uptime is somewhere around 2hrs. Apart from a mysterious reboot the satellite is nominal.

Launch Updates:

UPDATE 03.12.2018 20:50:
Successful deployment of four microsats and the upper and lower free flyer with additional payloads for Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express confirmed.

UPDATE 03.12.2018:
This is not a drill. ISL just forwarded me a message, telling us that SpaceX has concluded their inspections and the rocket is ready for launch today. The launch window opens at 10:32:54 PST (18:32:54 UTC).

UPDATE 02.12.2018:
News from SpaceX:
Standing down from tomorrow’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage. Working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3.

Sorry for these news… unfortunately we cant influence it from our side…

UPDATE 29.11.2018:
Updates from Vandenberg / SpaceX:
We are now targeting Sunday December 2nd at 10:32am PT (19:32 german time) with a backup date of Monday December 3rd.

So that means that the launch is not cleared for Saturday. The high altitude winds should surely be gone by then, yet we understand the range safety guys have pushed for no earlier than Sunday from the updates we received.

UPDATE 27.11.2018:
There is a low pressure weather system moving through the Vandenberg area with excessive high altitude winds. The launch scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until Saturday, 1 December, when weather conditions are forecasted to be more favorable.

UPDATE 24.11.2018:
We just got a confirmation for “Launch is now targeting no earlier than Wednesday, November 28th at 10:32am PT with a backup date of Thursday, November 29th.”

UPDATE 20.11.2018:
The launch will be no earlier than Tuesday, 27 November. SpaceX is working on a new schedule that requires executive approval before it is released. SpaceX is making every effort to make sure our launch is successful, and to keep the launch date as early as possible.

UPDATE 17.11.2018:
Sadly we have this news for you: The SpaceflightInc SSO-A launch is delayed by 5-6 days due to some additional inspections of the SpaceX booster.
We still have no new launch date yet….

UPDATE 16.11.2018:
News from SpaceX: Standing down from Monday’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional pre-flight inspections. Once complete, we will confirm a new launch date.

Livestreams:

Launch Event:

Orbital Updates:

UPDATE 11.12.2018:
We are still alive. First uplink test have been made. Currently we are almost ready to start commissioning the satellite.

UPDATE 05.12.2018:
What happens next?
We now have our cubesat in orbit, but what happens now? We now also have the first contact to it. After we have confirmed all data (we are currently doing that), we will commission it. This means we will test everything that should work. After that we will do some cool experiments in space!

UPDATE 04.12.2018 15:30:
We decoded the first beacons. The 3 beacons are fully available, the uptime is somewhere around 2hrs. Apart from a mysterious reboot the satellite is nominal.

Launch Updates:

UPDATE 03.12.2018 20:50:
Successful deployment of four microsats and the upper and lower free flyer with additional payloads for Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express confirmed.

UPDATE 03.12.2018:
This is not a drill. ISL just forwarded me a message, telling us that SpaceX has concluded their inspections and the rocket is ready for launch today. The launch window opens at 10:32:54 PST (18:32:54 UTC).

UPDATE 02.12.2018:
News from SpaceX:
Standing down from tomorrow’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional inspections of the second stage. Working toward a backup launch opportunity on December 3.

Sorry for these news… unfortunately we cant influence it from our side…

UPDATE 29.11.2018:
Updates from Vandenberg / SpaceX:
We are now targeting Sunday December 2nd at 10:32am PT (19:32 german time) with a backup date of Monday December 3rd.

So that means that the launch is not cleared for Saturday. The high altitude winds should surely be gone by then, yet we understand the range safety guys have pushed for no earlier than Sunday from the updates we received.

UPDATE 27.11.2018:
There is a low pressure weather system moving through the Vandenberg area with excessive high altitude winds. The launch scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until Saturday, 1 December, when weather conditions are forecasted to be more favorable.

UPDATE 24.11.2018:
We just got a confirmation for “Launch is now targeting no earlier than Wednesday, November 28th at 10:32am PT with a backup date of Thursday, November 29th.”

UPDATE 20.11.2018:
The launch will be no earlier than Tuesday, 27 November. SpaceX is working on a new schedule that requires executive approval before it is released. SpaceX is making every effort to make sure our launch is successful, and to keep the launch date as early as possible.

UPDATE 17.11.2018:
Sadly we have this news for you: The SpaceflightInc SSO-A launch is delayed by 5-6 days due to some additional inspections of the SpaceX booster.
We still have no new launch date yet….

UPDATE 16.11.2018:
News from SpaceX: Standing down from Monday’s launch attempt of Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to conduct additional pre-flight inspections. Once complete, we will confirm a new launch date.

Livestreams:

Launch Event:

SpaceX:

Liftoff currently scheduled for: Dezember 03th 2018, 18:32 UTC (Dezember 03th 2018, 10:32 PST)
Static fire scheduled for: November 2018
Payload: 64 spacecrafts
Payload mass: ~4000 kg
Insertion orbit: Sun Synchronous Polar Orbit (575 km x 575 km, ~98º)
Vehicle: Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5 (64th launch of F9, 44th of F9 v1.2, 8th of F9 v1.2 Block 5)
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
S1 Landing Site: N/A
Mission success criteria: Successful separation & deployment of the satellites into the target orbit

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Orbit Type
Altitude
Inclination
Eccentricity
Average Speed
expected: Sun-synchronous
 expected: 575km (LEO)  expected: 97.788°  expected: ≈0  expected: 7.57km/s