Recently, ISL (Innovative Space Logistics) and Orbex—UK-based orbital liftoff services provider—inked an extensive cooperation agreement during the 33rd Annual Conference on Small Satellites held in Logan, Utah. The agreement will comprise technical launch services consisting of payload integration and launch manifest coordination. As a part of the contract, the ISL would also obtain orbital space liftoffs from Orbex for several SmallSat customer operations. The Netherlands-based firm ISL is one of the top players globally in SmallSat launches, having supported or executed the launch of more than 350 CubeSats in the orbit during the past decade.
Reportedly, ISL is focused on the prerequisite of routine launches for nanosatellites, CubeSats, and microsatellites and offers launch brokering services, launch adapters and dispensers, technical consultancy, launch insurance services, and flight certification testing to a wide range of customers. With approximately $40 Million in mission financing, Orbex is the topmost-funded European private liftoff provider. In February, Orbex publicized the engineering model of Stage 2 of its multipurpose Prime launch vehicle—a focused SmallSat launcher—is almost 30% lighter and 20% more effective than any other vehicle into the micro launcher category.
Lately, Orbex was in the news as its CEO is set for the challenges ahead. The commercial authenticity of a spaceport in Scotland has planned a new and positive step with the Scottish Government’s HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise). In last few days, the firm disclosed its new steps to build up Space Hub Sutherland, which is anticipated to commence small satellites’ vertical launches from the A’Mhoine peninsula in the next decade. The HIE is undergoing preliminary work to approve on the scope of environmental studies that should be conducted concerning the site of a planned space center in Sutherland. This mission has gained support from the U.K. Space Agency.