Exolaunch Will Send Big Satellite Cluster Aloft Using New Tech

In a market crowded with new entrants, it's Exolaunch's hope that their next Soyuz launch tomorrow (June 5) from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia will further their differentiation in the launch services

Exolaunch Will Send Big Satellite Cluster Aloft Using New Tech

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Its original focus was launch campaign managements, and it sent aloft its first clutch of satellites in 2013 — mainly from Germany, the company says. "We saw a gap in the market for easy access to space for all these universities that were building CubeSats," Jonas said. "That’s how the company got started, and it’s more or less entirely revenue-funded and growing quite quickly.

The German launch provider (formerly known as ECM-Space) says the separation system, called CarboNIX, is "shock free" — meaning that no pyrotechnics are involved, and instead there will be a simple spring and locking mechanism. "It’s important because the pyrotechnic shock separation system is the highest shock a satellite will receive during launch," said Connor Jonas, a program manager with Exolaunch.

Each campaign now has about 30 people supporting it, up from 23 or 24 people a year ago. "I think now we’ve reached the point in development of the company where we are interested in investors, if we can find a partner," said Jeanne Medvedeva, Exolaunch’s commercial director for launch services.

"It’s important because the pyrotechnic shock separation system is the highest shock a satellite will receive during launch," said Connor Jonas, a program manager with Exolaunch.

Exolaunch hopes to continue development of its satellite deployers (which can also be used for larger satellites, the company says) and to attract more customers into the fold in the coming months.

"I think now we’ve reached the point in development of the company where we are interested in investors, if we can find a partner," said Jeanne Medvedeva, Exolaunch’s commercial director for launch services.

Exolaunch hopes to continue development of its satellite deployers (which can also be used for larger satellites, the company says) and to attract more customers into the fold in the coming months.

Its original focus was launch campaign managements, and it sent aloft its first clutch of satellites in 2013 — mainly from Germany, the company says.

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