SAIC will integrate two Rogue cubesats for a planned mission in 2023
NATIONAL HARBOUR, Md. — SAIC is partnering with startup Rogue Space Systems to develop small satellites for space services, the companies announced Sept. 20.
Based in Reston, Va., SAIC is a $7.4 billion government services technology contractor. Rogue Space is a two-year-old startup based in Laconia, New Hampshire. The company has designed a cubesat known as an orbital robot for in-orbit services such as inspection and repairs.
According to the agreement announced at the Air, Space & Cyber conference on Tuesday, SAIC will integrate two Rogue cubesats for a planned mission in 2023. Going forward, SAIC will help expand Rogue’s fleet of orbital robots for situational awareness. space, space services, assembly and manufacturing.
“SAIC and Rogue bring unique skills and expertise that will meet the growing demand for services in Earth orbit, in the cislunar realm and beyond,” said David Ray, senior vice president of SAIC’s space business unit. .
Part of SAIC space business strategy is to partner with developers of small satellites who need access to integration and test facilities.
Jeromy Grimmett, CEO of Rogue Space, said SAIC’s government expertise will help reach new customers. “We are delighted to partner with SAIC as we meet the growing demand for in-space services and space situational awareness,” he said. “SAIC will also help Rogue identify business development opportunities.”
Rogue is one of dozens of small companies selected by the US Space Force’s SpaceWERX organization for a program known as First orbital. The company submitted 13 proposals and 11 of them won the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I awards, totaling approximately $2.75 million in funding.