Separation
Systems

Advanced, lightweight hardware
with 100% mission success

Planetary Systems Corp (PSC) has delivered hundreds of satellite separation systems with 100% mission success for over 20 years.

Since 1998, PSC’s Lightband Separation Systems have enabled customers to lower their mission costs and streamline payload integration time from days to just minutes.

Our Advanced Lightband is the next generation in space vehicle separation systems. Increasing performance and decreasing lead time.

PSC’s fully-encapsulated Canisterized Satellite Dispensers (CSD) that provides a reliable and cost-effective housing for CubeSat payloads, that minimizes damage risk and eliminates the necessity for heavy or complicated interface structures between satellite and launch vehicle.

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The PSC Engineering Philosophy

“We build the best separation systems because we don’t compromise on proving reliability. Ours is a history of innovation followed by intense and rewarding engineering to prove reliability. By this method, we contribute our best work.”

Advanced Lightband

The Advanced Lightband is an innovative, lightweight, and compact mechanical separation system used to separate spacecrafts from launch vehicles on orbit. The Advanced Lightband has never failed to separate on orbit for any mission.

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Motorized Lightband

The Mark II Motorized Lightband (MLB) is the original in motorized vehicle separation systems. It boasts a heritage of perfect flight under every condition imaginable.

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Satellite Dispensers

The Canisterized Satellite Dispenser (CSD) is a reliable and cost-effective deployment mechanism for small secondary or tertiary payloads.

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Sub Assemblies & Accessories

Designed by PSC, accessories provide valuable mission and integration functionality, supporting a wide array of in-flight and ground-test applications. Accessories are a valuable tool whenever signal transfer is required across low-force interfaces. All Accessories are NASA Technology Readiness Level 9 (TRL-9).

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Flight Heritage

PSC & Rocket Lab have designed, built, and delivered separation systems for the following missions. PSC products have a 100% success rate - no product has ever failed to operate in flight.

*Launch vehicle failed. PSC counts this event as a unit built but not a mission success.

  • Transporter-4 (Launch April 2022)
    Lynk Tower 01
  • Transporter-4 (Launch April 2022)
    PlanetIQ - GNOMES-3
  • Transporter-4 (Launch April 2022)
    D-Orbit
  • Transporter-4 (Launch April 2022)
    Utias - Hawkeye 4A, 4B, 4C
  • Without Mission a Beat (Launch April 2022)
    BlackSky Global Z1 & Z2
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • Cygnus NG-17 (Launch February 2022)
    NASA, Northrup Grumman
  • Tenacious3 (Launch January 2022)
    NGC, Space Force
  • Transporter-3 (Launch January 2022)
    D-Orbit ION
  • Transporter-3 (Launch January 2022)
    Umbra
  • Transporter-3 (Launch January 2022)
    ISISpace/L
  • Transporter-3 (Launch January 2022)
    Capella
  • 2021
  • Blacksky Global 16 & 17 (Launch December 2021)
    Blacksky, Spaceflight
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • BlackSky Global 12 & 13 (Launch December 2021
    Blacksky, Spaceflight
  • Blacksky Global 14 & 15 Launch November 2021)
    Blacksky, Spaceflight
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • CE-SAT-2B (Launch October 2021)
    Spaceflight
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • CuPID, CUTE, AFRL, MDA (Launch September 2021)
    Boston University, NASA, AFRL, MDA
  • Monolith (Launch July 2021)
    USSF Space Test Program, SDL
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    Spaceflight Sherpa-FX2
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    Spaceflight Sherpa-LTE1
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    D-Orbit ION
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    HawkEye 360 - Cluster 3
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)>br>Loft Orbital - Yam-2
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    Orbit Fab by AstroDigital - Tenzing
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    DARPA/SDA/AFRL Mandrake-2 Able
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    DARPA/SDA/AFRL Mandrake-2 Baker
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    Umbra-SAR 2001
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    PlanetIQ - GNOMES-2
  • Transporter-2 Launch June 2021)
    Orbital Sidekick - Aurora
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    Lynk-06
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    NASA - Tropics pathfinder
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    GA - LINCS-2
  • Transporter-2 (Launch June 2021)
    GA - LINCS-1
  • Co-manifested with SBIRS (Launch May 2021)
  • Capella (Launch May 2021)
    Capella
  • BlackSky Global 10 & 11* (Launch May 2021
    Spaceflight
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • BlackSky Global 9 (Launch March 2021)
    Spaceflight
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • RAAF M2 (Launch March 2021)
    NTK
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • ELSA-d (Launch March 2021)
    NTK Astroscale
  • Amazônia-1 (Launch February 2021)
    Spaceflight
  • Launch Demo 2 (Launch February 2021)
    Virgin Orbit
  • Cygnus NG-15 (Launch February 2021)
    NASA, Northrup Grumman
  • Transporter-1 (Launch January 2021)
    Spaceflight
  • Transporter-1 (Launch January 2021)>
    Spaceflight
  • 2020
  • QPS SAR-1 (Launch December 2019)
    Spaceflight
  • ALE-2 (Launch December 2019)
    Spaceflight
  • Cygnus NG-12 (Launch November 2019)
    NASA Northrup Grumman
  • BlackSky Global 4 (Launch August 2019)
    Spaceflight
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • Pearl White 1 and 2 (Launch August 2019)
    Air Force Space Command
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • TDO (Launch August 2019)
    SMC
  • BlackSky Global 3 (Launch June 2019)
    Spaceflight
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • STP-2 (Launch June 2019)
    SMC
  • SPARC-1 (Launch May 2019)
    AFRL
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • Thinsats (Launch April 2019)
    Twiggs Space Lab NearSpace Launch, Inc
  • Cygnus NG-11 (Launch April 2019)
    NASA Northrup Grumman
  • R3D2 (Launch March 2019)
    Blue Canyon Technologies
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • Beresheet Lunar Lander, S5 (Launch February 2019)
    Spaceflight Industries
  • (Launch January 2019) IHI Aerospace
  • 2018
  • RSat-P (Launch December 2018)
    USNA Rocketlab
    Electron Launch Vehicle
  • SSO-A (Launch December 2018)
    Spaceflight Industries
  • SSO-A (Launch December 2018)
    Spaceflight Industries
  • HSAT-1 (Launch November 2018)
    Harris Corp Spaceflight Industries
  • BlackSky Global 1 (Launch November 2018)
    Spaceflight
  • Cygnus NG-10 (Launch November 2018)
    NASA Northrup Grumman
  • Orb-CRS 9 (Launch May 2018)
    NASA Orbital ATK
  • ICEYE-X1 (Launch January 2018)
    ICEYE Space Flight Industries
  • 2017
  • Orb-CRS 8 (Launch December 2017)
    NASA Orbital ATK
  • SkySat Gen2 8-13 (Launch October 2017)
    Planet Orbital ATK
  • ORS-5 (SensorSat) (Launch August 2017)
  • (Launch August 2017)
  • ROSA (Launch June 2017)
    MEIT NASA
  • Orb-CRS 7 (Launch April 2017)
    NASA Orbital ATK
  • 2016
  • Orb-CRS 5 (Launch October 2016)
    NASA Orbital ATK
  • Pathfinder 1 (Launch September 2016)
    Black Sky Spaceflight Industries
  • SkySat 4-7 (Launch September 2016)
    Google Terra Bella
  • (Launch August 2016)
  • SkySat Gen2-1 (Launch June 2016)
    Google Terra Bella
  • Orb-CRS 6 (Launch June 2016)
    NASA Orbital ATK
  • 2015
  • Orb-CRS 4 (Launch December 2015)
    NASA Orbital ATK
  • ORS-4 (Launch November 2015)
    ORS HSFL
  • ORS-4 (Launch November 2015)
    ORS
  • 2014
  • Orb-CRS 3* (Launch October 2014)
    NASA Orbital
  • (Launch September 2014)
  • (Launch September 2014)
  • Orb-CRS 2 (Launch July 2014)
    NASA Orbital
  • Orb-CRS 1 (Launch January 2014)
    NASA Orbital
  • 2013
  • STPSat 3 (Launch December 2013)
    ORS Ball Aerospace Orbital
  • POPACS (Launch December 2013)
    SpaceX
  • Dande, CU Sat (Launch December 2013)
    SpaceX NASA
  • Orb-CRS D1 (Launch December 2013)
    NASA Orbital
  • LADEE (Launch December 2013)
    NASA Orbital
  • TacSat-4 (Launch December 2011)
    NRL ORS Orbital
  • GRAIL (Launch December 2011)
    NASA Lockheed ULA
  • ORS-1 (Launch December 2011)
    ORS Goodrich Orbital
  • (Launch December 2011)
  • 2010
  • STP-S26 (Launch December 2010)
    STP Orbital Ball AFRL
  • 2009
  • CAPE/ICU-II (ANDE-2) (Launch December 2009)
    STP MEI NRL Oceaneering
  • RazakSAT (Launch December 2009)
    SpaceX
  • TacSat-3 (Launch December 2009)
    AFRL Orbital ATK
  • 2008
  • IBEX (Launch December 2008)
    Orbital SWRI NASA
  • Jumpstart* (Launch December 2008)
    SpaceX AFRL SpaceDev ORS
  • 2007
  • Demo-Flight-2* (Launch December 2007)
    SpaceX DARPA
  • STP-1 (Launch December 2007)
    Boeing USAF LANL AeroAstro SSTL
  • 2006-2001
  • CAPE/ICU-I (ANDE-1) (Launch December 2006)
    STP MEI NRL Oceaneering
  • TacSat-2 (Launch December 2006)
  • MITEX (Launch December 2006)
    OSC Lockheed NRL Boeing
  • XSS-11 (Launch December 2005)
    Lockheed AFRL Orbital
  • Nanosat-2* (Launch December 2004)
    Boeing AFRL
  • Starshine-3 (Launch December 2001)
    NRL Lockheed NASA