Our mission manifest spans oceans and borders, featuring customer payload teams from places as far-flung as Poland and the Netherlands, all eager to fly to space on LauncherOne.
The most recent addition to our manifest, however, comes from a little closer to home here in the US. We're proud to welcome HyperSat to the Virgin family, a cutting-edge aerospace company based in New York that's on a mission to redefine the limitations of Earth observation.
HyperSat has partnered with QinetiQ US to develop the satellites, supported by a team of specialist engineering and technology organizations from across the country, including Redwire, Millennium Engineering and Integration, and Brandywine Photonics. Once launched into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), these satellites will be able to capture and process images at wavelengths spanning the entire reflective spectrum, from visible light to longwave infrared. This enables the identification of objects in an image — whether that's diseased crops in a harvest or gas leaking from a pipeline — with superb precision.
The granularity of this data could be hugely beneficial not only for defense and national security applications, but for commercial industries like agriculture and insurance.
Putting aside our coastal rivalry
for a moment, it's awesome to see innovative American satellite companies at the forefront of the bustling small satellite revolution. We can't wait to get their payloads up into orbit!