Swedish Company Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Falcon Heavy Launch

Lifting off at 3:45 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy begins its demonstration flight. (Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

SOLNA, Sweden, October 16, 2018 (Ovzon PR) — In an important step towards growing its satellite service offering, Ovzon has entered into an agreement with SpaceX for launch of Ovzon’s first GEO satellite. The launch is expected to take place no earlier than Q4 2020. The next step for the company is to finalize the procurement of the satellites.

Per Wahlberg, CEO Ovzon said; “Contracting the launch supplier of our first Ovzon satellite is an important and exciting step for our company. SpaceX offered a very competitive solution with the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle which will gain us access to space in a timely and reliable manner. The satellite is expected to be launched no earlier than Q4 2020. The procurement of the satellites is now also in the final stage. Earlier this month we ordered and started the manufacturing of the first Ovzon On-Board-Processor (OBP), one of the most advanced of its type. We therefore continue to work towards our goal of revolutionizing mobile broadband via satellite by offering the highest data-rates through the smallest terminals”.

“We are honored that Ovzon has chosen SpaceX to launch the first of its satellites,” said SpaceX’s President and COO, Gwynne Shotwell. “We look forward to working closely on the execution of this important direct-to-GEO mission.”

The agreement is subject to certain contingencies and mutual termination clauses.

About Ovzon

Ovzon is a provider of a satellite-based mobility broadband services, targeting end-markets and users in need of high data speeds combined with mobility. Applications include real-time sensor and video upload, either from moving or highly mobile platforms, including small vehicles, small aircraft or UAVs, or transmissions directly from on-site staff holding the terminals and transmitting on-the-go. Ovzon is headquartered in Solna, Sweden and has offices in Tampa, FL and Bethesda, MD in the United States. Ovzon is listed on Nasdaq First North Premier. FNCA Sweden AB is the company’s Certified Adviser.

About SpaceX

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Headquartered in Hawthorne, California, SpaceX has more than 6,000 employees nationwide and operates launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    I bet the USAF is very happy commercial customer is buying FH to put more flights under its belt. Also, the flight profile is direct to GEO insertion, the very arduous profile the USAF/NRO specifically requires of D4H in this heavy configuration and why Shotwell called it out. Expect the MILSPACE guys to be all over SpaceX to monitor this launch in particular.

  • envy

    FH demonstrated direct to GEO capability on the demo mission with a 6 hour coast in LEO (a worse thermal environment) and a 3rd burn. The USAF subsequently certified FH for NSS launches.

    I’m sure the USAF reviews data from all launches with SpaceX, and will from this one as well.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Yes, the long coast was tested on demo mission which is the bulk of it. Real mission to direct injection would not be a burn to depletion as “TMI” demo and would require another restart to graveyard the S2. So not exactly the same but close.

  • Terry Stetler

    Any day Falcon Heavy breathes fire and roars skyward is a good day 😀

  • envy

    I think the graveyard boost is done by RCS. Yes, it would require insertion accuracy but that has been demonstrated many times by F9 on the same hardware.

  • Robert G. Oler

    this is a big deal for SpaceX

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Missing the point. The burn to depletion can vary on the propellant margins due to boil off. Given a payload mass, cold soak time and specific flight profile (direct sunlight) can impact margins. This isn’t something you have high confidence in after a single mission, same way you never put the biggest payload on a rocket early on.

    And no I don’t think cold gas N2 RCS will graveyard the S2. Please provide reference or this.

  • envy

    The thermal load in LEO (where the demo US was) is worse than GTO due to IR emitted by Earth, even when the stage is in shadow, plus emitted IR and reflected visible when in sunlight. The burn to depletion gives a more accurate estimate of the actual boiloff than a guidance commanded shutdown, so they should have a really good idea where the lower bound on performance after coast is.

    I haven’t seen any evidence that they will use RCS for graveyard insertion, but the early F9 user guides included an optional “delta-v mission kit” that reduced the remaining deta-v to GEO by up to 200 m/s with a RCS burn.


    A graveyard insertion is on the order of 20-50 m/s, so that should be within the capability of the RCS if they included that kit, which they might anyway since the upper stage needs long endurance RCS anyway for the long coast.

    Also, the minimum acceleration for an empty upper stage is so high (~65 m/s^2) that a MVac burn of even 1/2 second at minimum throttle will send it well past the GEO+200 km standard graveyard. Getting an accurate insertion with such a short burn will be very difficult. Not that the accuracy of a graveyard is all that critical, but they do at least need it accurate enough to know that it won’t be coming back near GEO.

    Considering all this, a RCS insertion makes at least as much sense as a 3rd MVac burn.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    “The thermal load in LEO (where the demo US was) is worse than GTO due to IR emitted by Earth, even when the stage is in shadow, plus emitted IR and reflected visible when in sunlight.”

    Now do that for RP-1 freezing? It would be worse for GTO. We can play games all day long but the demo mission was a demo of many capabilities, seeing a full direct to GEO mission come together is another important milestone and the USAF would like to see it.

  • envy

    Fair enough. And I’m sure they would, though I don’t think it’s required for bidding on a direct to GEO NSS mission. Successfully completing the STP-2 will probably allay any concern they have, since that mission does require demonstrating 3 restarts.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    I agree that it isn’t required just nice to have.