Harnessing Precious Payload’s software to enable innovative RnD for pharma industry

The result:

7 proposals in 2 weeks

Collected 2 negotiated proposals for the suborbital flight and 5 proposals for LEO launch

Saved 2 months of mission schedule

Identified the real launch opportunities that could accommodate biological payloads

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CLIENT PROJECT:

The ResearchSat team is conducting microgravity research for a client from the pharma industry. They had already tested subsystems of their payload during a high‑altitude balloon flight.

They developed a roadmap for advancing the TRL level of their microgravity testing platform through suborbital flights and full‑scale orbital demonstration, using a 1U satellite platform.

ResearchSat engineers approached Precious Payload to help them build and manage a supply chain of contractors to analyze the roadmap and make sure it meets the budget, risk, and go‑to‑market constraints.

THE CHALLENGE::

The ResearchSat team had some specific requirements, like super-late access to the biological payload prior to launch and a temperature-controlled facility to safely hand over and integrate the payload. These add-ons can significantly increase the price of a launch and narrow possible options.

For sub-orbital missions, they were looking to collect and analyze time-sensitive samples and data as soon as possible upon landing.

ABOUT THE CLIENT'S COMPANY:

SpeQtral’s technology is based on that demonstrated on the CQT “SpooQy-1” nanosatellite mission from 2019-2021. This was a technology demonstration of a 3U CubeSat satellite deployed from the ISS to generate polarization-entangled photon pairs and to de-risk future QKD missions.

SpeQtral secured further funding in 2021 which enabled the company to kickstart their work around larger commercial satellite missions, including looking into the satellite platform supply chain and exploring potential for other bus sizes by the engineering team.

FEATURES USED

• Launch schedule of commercial suborbital and orbital launches
• Mission data room with advanced requirements for biological payloads
• Running multiple Requests for Proposal across different supplier types

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SOLUTION FOR RESEARCHSAT:

At Precious Payload, we track and publish a real‑time launch schedule of all commercially available slots for orbital and suborbital flights.

Every week, our team of mission managers verifies the launch data directly with launch operators and providers to ensure we are able to match customer requirements with launch opportunities and deliver verified proposals in less than a week.
We created a KYC profile and Mission Data Rooms for all past and future missions for ResearchSat, including suborbital and orbital mission designs.

We distributed a Request for Launch to the matching launch providers, highlighting the additional requirements for late access and thermo‑controlled handling of the biological payload.

We built the most accurate launch schedule of commercially bookable orbital and suborbital launches.

The next step was to send requests for launch services for both missions. Using Precious Payload’s powerhouse software, ResearchSat was able to get two proposals for the suborbital launch, and five proposals for the orbital launch. Additionally, we found emerging launch service providers planning suborbital test launches in 2022 that could accept a customer's payload and provide recovery.

Our custom Data Rooms act as a roadmap for the biological payload and modular platform for scientific experiments.

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