News in Brief: Latest from BlackSky, Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, and Spear Power Systems

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News in Brief: Latest from BlackSky, Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, and Spear Power Systems
Successful Rocket Lab Launch Strengthens BlackSky Constellation by Two Satellite

Satellites enter revenue generation six days after launch

BlackSky successfully added two satellites to its constellation following the Rocket Lab “Love at First Insight” launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on November 18. The satellites were fully operational and commercially available within six days of launch.

News in Brief: Latest from BlackSky, Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, and Spear Power Systems
Nick Merski

This was the fastest BlackSky dual-satellite commissioning process in the company’s history,” said Nick Merski, BlackSky chief operations officer. “Within one work week customers were able to directly task the satellites from our Spectra AI platform and pull real-time geospatial analyses and insights to their desktops and devices in under 90 minutes.

BlackSky expects to achieve a 12 small satellite constellation by the end of 2021.


Infinity Fuel Cell & Hydrogen, Inc. Receives US $900k Add-on to Existing Project From Axiom Space

Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen announced execution of an agreement with Axiom Space to add $900,000 funding to an existing project. The money is earmarked to produce a full-scale prototype of a specific Infinity™ technology that has been under development for Axiom since last year.

News in Brief: Latest from BlackSky, Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, and Spear Power Systems
William F. Smith

Infinity continues to be a supplier of choice for its various patented and proprietary technologies applicable to electrolyzers and air-independent fuel cells for zero-gravity applications in space. Infinity’s air-independent fuel-cell design is also applicable for underwater use and is currently being tested for such in a contract with the Office of Naval Research.

Infinity president and founder, William F. Smith, said, “As the space commerce industry continues to grow, we are growing with it. Axiom Space is one of three commercial space companies we are currently working with, in addition to NASA.


Blue Origin Signs LTA with Spear Power Systems to Supply Advanced Li-Ion Batteries for Launch Vehicle

Spear Power Systems announced the signing of a multi-year agreement with Blue Origin to provide the company with a reliable domestic supply of one of the world’s most advanced aerospace batteries. Spear’s American-made battery systems will be installed on Blue Origin’s New Glenn heavy-lift orbital reusable launch vehicle.

News in Brief: Latest from BlackSky, Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, and Spear Power Systems
Jeff Kostos

Jeff Kostos, Spear’s CEO, expressed enthusiasm about the program. “Spear has a long history of providing custom-designed energy storage systems for critical industrial, defense, and aerospace projects. When Blue Origin approached us with their exacting requirements, we were thrilled to share our capabilities in creating systems that push the envelope regarding power and energy capabilities, design flexibility, and, most importantly, highly-reliable safety systems.

The performance of Spear’s system relies on a sophisticated cell characterization process that ensures the performance integrity of each cell that goes into the battery. The battery management system is a highly certified and environmentally robust solution used in all critical platforms. The battery incorporates several proprietary safety features to ensure both mission success and crew safety. 

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