Win a free launch of 1U Cubesat on the first commercial mission of GK Launch Services


The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in collaboration with GK Launch Services is pleased to announce an exclusive competition for a free launch of 1U CubeSat on the First Commercial Mission of GK Launch Services.

IAF cordially invites its member organizations to participate in the competition and profit from this unique opportunity to win a launch operated by GK Launch Services, planned for the second quarter of 2020.

Please note that the competition will give preference to Space University teams from emerging countries.

The launcher will be Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat. The new generation of Soyuz launchers features high reliability, multi-functionality, and eco-friendliness – a rocket of great world renown – launched from Baikonur and known for its long successful flight heritage and orbit injection accuracy. “We are happy to provide a launch opportunity to a 1U CubeSat on our first commercial mission. It is important to GK to support scientific projects, especially those made by students,” said GK Launch Services CEO, Alexander Serkin.

You may find here for your information, the mechanical loads that secondary payloads (small SC) experience during Soyuz-2/Fregat ground operations and launch.

Applications must be submitted to by 8 August 2019 and shall include:

  • Description of bidding organisation and background experience with respect to CubeSats (if available).
  • Description of the proposed CubeSat mission.
  • Description of available facilities (e.g. integration and test facilities, ground station).
  • Funding and readiness status.

A joint IAF – GK Launch Services Selection Board will review the applications and select the winner, who will be announced at the IAC 2019 in Washington D.C. taking place from 21 – 25 October 2019.

Founded in April 2017, GK Launch Services – a joint venture of GLAVKOSMOS JSC, and a subsidiary of ROSCOSMOS State Space and International Space Company KOSMOTRAS, LLC. – is the operator of Soyuz-2 commercial launches from the Russian spaceports.

Visit GK Launch Services for more information.

This article was originally published by IAF.

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