Launch broker for small satellites

The company Earth2Orbit helps smallsat makers, such as, for example, student groups building Cubesats, obtain rides to orbit on Indian launchers: How to hitch a ride to space (for your satellite) – Rafe’s Radar/CNET News.

> Got a satellite you want to pitch into orbit? India’s space agency will take it, but the Indian government doesn’t really want to with deal you unless you’ve got a “primary”–a bird larger than 200 kilograms.

Instead, businesses and universities with smaller, “secondary” satellites can hitch rides on launch vehicles designed for primaries by working with launch broker Earth2Orbit, which can sell you spots on Indian launch vehicles and even help you interface your small satellite into the launch vehicle for the brief trip. Earth2Orbit will also help you sort out insurance issues.

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