US/New Zealand launch provider Rocket Lab and new Dubai-based launch brokerage firm Circle Aerospace have signed an agreement for ten dedicated launches aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. The first launch is scheduled to lift off in Q4 2019.
The agreement was signed during the 2018 Small Satellite conference held in Logan, Utah, and sees Rocket Lab selected as the sole launch provider and primary provider of associated mission services for Circle Aerospace clients.
Circle Aerospace, a new turnkey launch brokerage and satellite development company, aims to catalyze the growth of a commercial space and small satellite industry across the United Arab Emirates and wider Gulf Cooperation Council nations (GCC).
Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Circle Aerospace to provide their small satellite customers with rapid, repeatable and reliable access to orbit. The space industry is experiencing significant growth globally and we welcome the opportunity to support Circle Aerospace in developing the industry in the UAE and GCC regions.”
Mr. Mohammed Al Saif, President and CEO of Circle Aerospace said, “We’re proud to partner with Rocket Lab to provide the region with frequent and dedicated access to orbit, as well as satellite build solutions. We’re in an exciting era for small satellites that will see significant developments in innovation, research, education and exploration in the very near future. Circle Aerospace is in a strong position to support the local market in achieving this.”
Added Al Saif, “”Circle aims to advance the space industry in the Middle East. Our goal is to push the envelope of space commerce, innovation, education, and research. The Middle East is increasingly looking to orbital solutions, and we already have a strong foothold in the market.”