Cambridge startup launches satellite from Int'l Space Station

July 24, 2018

Less than two years ago, the founders of Analytical Space had the electrical innards of their first satellite prototype spread across a table in the Harvard iLab. The room was more accustomed to hosting software programmers than aerospace engineers, which are “like unicorns at Harvard Business School," said Jeff Bussgang, a senior lecturer at HBS and a major investor in Analytical Space via his venture capital firm Flybridge Capital Partners. "Nobody else had their backgrounds.”

Now, Analytical Space has a dozen full-time employees working out of MIT's new "tough tech" accelerator, The Engine, and the company's first shoebox-sized satellite is orbiting the Earth. It was deployed from the International Space Station on Friday morning.

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