York Space Systems Prepares to Launch Hydra Mission

York Space Systems Prepares to Launch Hydra Mission

York, considered as an evolution in space technology, is one of the fast-growing companies specializing in small satellites. The dimensions offered in the spacecraft will vary from the size of a wine box to a hotel mini-fridge and larger. The company's S-Class platform is similar in size to a regular office desk.

FREMONT, CA: Denver-based small satellite manufacturer and operator, York Space Systems, is preparing to launch what it calls the Hydra Mission series. The mission is aimed at getting more customers to space faster. The first of the missions is scheduled to take place in December this year. The company stated that the Hydra series of spacecraft would enable companies to send a full payload or specific parts or components into space.

York, considered as an evolution in space technology, is one of the fast-growing companies specializing in small satellites. The dimensions offered in the spacecraft will vary from the size of a wine box to a hotel mini-fridge and larger. The company's S-Class platform is similar in size to a regular office desk.

“We want to leverage our open, adaptable spacecraft bus architecture to help the U.S. government and industry accelerate the pace of space development by allowing folks to put new designs for payloads or components up and get flight heritage,” said Melanie Preisser, York’s vice president of national systems.

Small satellite services are often leveraged by the military as well as companies dependent on global positioning system technology. The recent advancements in technologies have made small satellites capable of performing functions of much larger satellites at a lower cost and on a shorter production timeline.

"Typically, there's a long and somewhat expensive process for getting things ready to qualify for flight and then getting them up to space, and there are long wait times," Preisser said. “And it’s really expensive to get into space, typically.”

The company is supposedly offering to prepare the cargo, launch, and operate the satellite for approximately USD 3 million for an entire payload and lower for partial payloads, which could also include cameras to collect data. "Basically, what we're trying to do is create a way to streamline access to space and improve collaboration with the new space industry," said Preisser.

York Space systems's goal is to establish a reliable, regular schedule for customers who want to prove their technology and components can operate in space. In May 2019, York launched its first satellite, which is currently still in orbit. York has an ongoing contract with the Air Force for two spacecraft.

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