Solar Ship Inc., a Canadian company with operations in South Africa, Uganda and Zambia has partnered with Loonify Space to develop a rockoon (rocket + balloon) launch platform to offer flexible, affordable, and reliable launch services tailored to microsatellite operators in a move that will substantially lower launch costs while accelerating technology development.
Satellite launches will therefore become accessible to a wide range of customers and industries. This will expand the number of viable space-based services in Canada with vital applications such as providing satellite internet services to remote communities and conducting environmental monitoring by remote sensing.
With the development of a novel rockoon launch platform, Loonify Space and Solar Ship aim to significantly reduce launch wait times and costs, providing microsatellite operators with flexibility and control previously only available to big players. Loonify Space and Solar Ship will collaborate to conduct a series of test flights, culminating with an orbital launch. The two companies aim to work with constellation operators, remote communities, and government, at all levels to share data, intelligence, and ideas to work towards the development of reliable, low-cost communication for remote areas.
“Solar Ship has been working with us to develop the balloon technology and operation techniques needed for our launch platform. They are world leaders in airship and balloon innovation and they have great experience in all facets of the business. They have a compelling corporate mission and we share similar values to innovate and use technology to solve problems in the world,” said Loonify’s CEO, Sohrab Haghighat.