In its simplest form, it’s a free-flying rideshare deployer and port expander. In its most advanced state, it’s an interplanetary transport vehicle. Spaceflight’s next-gen Sherpa Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV) program is enabling small satellite transportation throughout cislunar space in a way that has never been accomplished before. Intentionally architected with modular plug-and-play subsystems, the Sherpa program offers customers true flexibility including multiple types of propulsion for last mile delivery, flight-proven avionics, direct space-to-ground networks and more -- all at an affordable price. Spaceflight will be flying two OTVs, its Sherpa-FX2 and the industry’s first-ever electric propulsion OTV, Sherpa-LTE1, on SpaceX’s Transporter-2 mission, taking 36 payloads to orbit. Join Spaceflight’s VP of Engineering to get the first look at the technology, subsystems, and the capabilities behind the ground-breaking program.
  • How Sherpa can be easily and quickly modified for different missions
  • The capabilities of Sherpa’s modular electric and chemical propulsion systems
  • The command-and-control system driving the maneuvers of the OTVs
  • The custom-built avionics system, R2A, which provides higher fidelity data about separation sequences
David Hurwitz
Philip Bracken
Vice President of Engineering, Spaceflight Inc.
Philip Bracken is the Vice President of Engineering for Spaceflight Inc. Philip oversees a diverse team of engineers and technicians that support all of Spaceflight’s unique rideshare and dedicated satellite launch missions. He is passionate about translating the space between spacecraft and launch vehicle programs, and simplifying access to space through novel architectures. Prior to joining Spaceflight, Philip was a principal manager and liquid propulsion engineer at Blue Origin, responsible for liquid engine and upper stage design and development activities. Prior to that, he worked at Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman) supporting multiple launch vehicle and satellite development programs.
Jeffery Hill
Executive Editor, Via Satellite
Via Satellite
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