KSF Space Foundation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Interorbital Systems (IOS) in California, this October the 3rd 2016. Under the agreement, Interorbital Systems will identify launch opportunities and provide associated pre-launch support to KSF Space Foundation.
“The partnership with Interorbital Systems is a significant milestone in the development of our scope towards space R&D projects, we are promoting to our research and academic customers the ability to access space with cost-effective ride-share opportunities with other commercial launch companies in the market.” said Dr.Kayyali Mohamed, founder of KSF Space, of the agreement.
According to IOS, by mid- 2017/early 2018 they will begin launch services of small spacecraft to a circular, polar orbit of 310 KM altitude. Their current manifest numbers 135 TubeSats and CubeSats awaiting launch. Interorbital Systems has developed simple, yet robust rocket technology that will enable the company to be the lowest-cost launch provider in the commercial space industry. Interorbital Systems is currently engaged in building a Moon rocket, NEPTUNE 8 LUNA (N8), for the Google Lunar X Prize Team SYNERGY MOON and other NEPTUNE rocket-series variants, like the N3, and N5 for commercial satellite launches.
The KSF Space was initially founded to enable cost-effective access to LEO with zero-environmental impact flying solutions. The foundation offers access to near-space and LEO for research and scientific experiments in many fields, as Earth or Space Observation, biological testing, satellite positioning detection, earth magnetic field measurement, radio transmit, atmosphere science and technology experiment. The foundation encourage universities to develop R&D missions using small sats as these tiny spacecraft have become one of the most important elements in developing future scientific space missions.
KSF Space also recently announced the creation of the world’s first Nano-satellite Engineering Professional Certification “NEP Certificate” The NEP Certification pathway will validate the training and experience of aerospace engineers and experts and will be recognized by major space companies, organizations, foundations and agencies. Some of the industry partners will work with KSF Space to review the content of the course material and accredit the certificate by recognizing NEP Certification as world’s first and only nanosatellite specialization and training credential.