Join Grant to learn more about cislunar rideshare opportunities for smallsats. He’ll explain how exploring beyond LEO can be quick, affordable and efficient way to access lunar orbits without the complexities associated with smallsats needing to carry extra propellant and mass to do the orbit raising themselves. Spaceflight is now offering smallsat rideshare deployments in trans-lunar orbit, low-lunar orbit and beyond to geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO), with its first mission – GEO Pathfinder, late 2022. The company will utilize a unique lunar flyby to deploy payloads into a near-GEO orbital destination via its newest propulsive orbital transfer vehicle, Sherpa Escape (Sherpa-ES).
James Antifaev leads activities in new and emerging markets for Spaceflight, particularly focused on missions beyond LEO (MEO, GEO, and cislunar) as well as new applications of Spaceflight’s Sherpa Orbital Transfer Vehicle. Prior to Spaceflight, James held roles in product management at Loon, Alphabet’s stratospheric balloon venture, as well as product, business development, and engineering roles at Maxar, MDA, and the European Space Agency.