There were 1,300 satellite launches from 2012 to 2018 – with 2018’s launch output six times that of 2012. More than half of those launches were for nanosats in the 1kg to 10 kg range and CubeSats. Currently, those looking to launch these types of very small satellites need to wait for a rideshare with a larger payload or a group of other small satellites. This is inconvenient and imprecise – satellite launch customers are currently waiting up to 4 years for an available launch.
C6 is working to provide, fast, flexible service for a class of satellites that don’t currently have an option for dedicated launch. Rather than develop all new technology, C6 uses the original equipment manufacturer model (OEM) common in the aerospace industry. To date, cooperation and purchase agreements have been signed with the engine manufacturer, a satellite-based communications company, specialists in mission control applications and a launch site. We are quickly moving towards our first LEO launch planned for late 2021.