Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan June 29, 2004 - SpaceQuest, Ltd. (“SpaceQuest”), a U.S. satellite technology company headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is pleased to announce the successful launch of three SpaceQuest-manufactured microsatellites. On June 29, 2004, at 0630 UTC, the three spacecraft were successfully launched into a circular sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit (LEO) aboard a Russian Dnepr launch vehicle, the fourth launch of a Dnepr rocket. The satellites are healthy and all subsystems are operational. The spacecraft will be registered in the U.S. Space Objects Registry by the Department of State.
“In 2002, SpaceQuest was the first company to launch a U.S.-manufactured spacecraft aboard a Russian military rocket,” commented Dr. Dino Lorenzini, President of SpaceQuest. As the original architect of the Strategic Defense Initiative that was established in the 1980’s to defeat the Soviet SS-18 ballistic missile, Dr. Lorenzini is now relying on the very same rocket to put the SpaceQuest-manufactured satellites into orbit. International Space Company Kosmotras was established to convert and launch SS-18 missiles as Dnepr launch vehicles for commercial payloads, in compliance with the provisions of the START II treaty.
Two of the satellites launched today, Aprizesat-1 and Aprizesat-2, were launched on behalf of Aprize Satellite, Inc. (“Aprize”) of Fairfax, VA. SpaceQuest will conduct experimental tests and demonstrations in the United States on behalf of Aprize using SpaceQuest’s UHF ground station and mobile terminals. Aprize plans to offer low-cost satellite data services for such applications as monitoring the fuel level of liquid propane tanks, oil and gas pipeline monitoring, and mobile tracking of shipping containers, rail cars and trailers. The cost of the satellites manufactured by SpaceQuest, Ltd. is approximately ten percent of what it would cost other satellite companies to deploy a similar system.
The third satellite, AMSAT-Echo, is an amateur radio satellite that was designed, built, integrated and tested for the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) of Silver Spring, Maryland USA by SpaceQuest. AMSAT is responsible for the functional checkout and on-orbit operations of the Echo satellite.
SpaceQuest was responsible for obtaining the required U.S. State Department licenses to temporarily export the three satellites to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and supported payload integration and testing of the three spacecraft.
About SpaceQuest (www.spacequest.com)
SpaceQuest is a developer of advanced satellite technology for government, university and commercial use for the past ten years, specializing in the design, development, testing and manufacture of spacecraft as well as space and ground components for operation with low-earth orbiting satellites.
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