Here’s a Cyber Monday deal from Seattle-based Spaceflight for the space geek on your list: Purchase a satellite launch for one-third off, at the low, low price of $200,000.
The only catch is that you’ll have to wait until 2018 for the satellite to be delivered. But that’s the way it is with travel plans, whether you’re heading to a vacation resort or putting a 3U CubeSat in a sun-synchronous orbit 310 miles (500 kilometers) above the planet. “Booking early is the best for both parties,” said Phil Brzytwa, Spaceflight’s business development manager.
Through the end of the year, Spaceflight is offering up to 36 CubeSat spots on the company’s SHERPA satellite port at $200,000 (marked down from the list price of $295,000), and it’s not clear how long they’ll last.
“Already this morning we’ve had seven inquiries from all around the planet, and my inbox is filling up,” Brzytwa told GeekWire. There’s a limit of four CubeSats per customer.
Brzytwa said the 3U CubeSats, each measuring 4 by 4 by 12 inches in size, would be deployed from a launch vehicle to be named later. That satellite size might sound small, but it’s big enough to accommodate a deployable solar sail like the one that was tested for the Planetary Society’s Lightsail project, or asteroid-hunting hardware like the payload that Planetary Resources arranged to have put into orbit this year.
The arrangement for the Cyber Monday satellites would be a dedicated rideshare, which Spaceflight is also using for a SpaceX Falcon launch in 2017. “That manifest is pretty much all booked up,” Brzytwa said. Want to get in on the deal for 2018? If so, the contacts are firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-204-1707.