Deployers from Netherlands-based ISISpace will launch with satellites pre-integrated on Vigoride.
2nd July 2020 – Santa Clara, CA — Momentus (www.momentus.space), a provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, and Innovative Space Logistics BV (ISILAUNCH), a launch services subsidiary of Netherlands based ISISpace, announced today the execution of a launch agreement for 5 Vigoride shuttle services from 2021 through 2022.
The agreement includes the first launch onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission in December 2020, with additional launches to be scheduled over the 2021-2022 time frame. ISILAUNCH is focused on the provision of frequent and fully serviced launches for CubeSats and microsatellites since 2009 and to date they have executed or supported numerous launch campaigns on various launch vehicles, successfully sending 380 satellites into orbit.
“This partnership is of great importance to both ISILAUNCH and Momentus”, said Mikhail Kokorich, CEO of Momentus. “It provides ISILAUNCH with the ability to offer precision orbital insertions and enables greater efficiencies for some of our mutual customers to pre-integrate their satellites into QuadPack deployers at ISILAUNCH’s facilities in Europe prior to shipment to Momentus for Launch. For Momentus, it gives us access to new markets and generates a steady flow of business volume to help fill our launch manifest.”
“Through this partnership, with the orbit transfer and insertion services offered by Momentus, we are able to offer even greater flexibility to our customers with launches to the orbit their mission requires, while still enjoying the benefit of low cost rideshare launches. Based on our vast experience with launching small satellites, ISILAUNCH can support Momentus to select the right combination of orbits and customers for each ride”, says Abe Bonnema, ISILAUNCH director. “With Momentus having selected our deployer range as baseline, we look forward to a fruitful cooperation to best serve the small satellite community needs together.”
A graduate of the prestigious Y Combinator program and based in Santa Clara, California, Momentus announced a $25.5MM Series A raise last year, bringing total funding to nearly $50M. Momentus employs new and proprietary technologies, including water plasma propulsion to enable revolutionary low-cost orbital shuttle and charter services. The prototype of the Vigoride vehicle, “El Camino Real”, was launched and tested last year. The first full-scale Vigoride test mission is planned for Q4 of 2020 on the SpaceX dedicated rideshare mission.
Momentus is the first company providing in-space transportation services for satellites. The company was founded in 2017 in Santa Clara, CA. Momentus designs and builds transfer vehicles propelled by proprietary water plasma thrusters. The vehicles ferry satellites to a custom orbit after they are delivered by conventional rockets to their initial orbit. Momentus is a 50 person team growing rapidly.
For more information visit http://www.momentus.space
ISILAUNCH, or Innovative Space Logistics, is the specialist subsidiary for all launch service activities of ISIS – Innovative Solutions in Space (ISISPACE), a Netherlands-based vertically integrated small satellite company, which offers satellites-as-a-service and innovative turn-key solutions for the global small satellite industry including satellite development, launch services, and satellite operations. ISILAUNCH is fully focused on fully serviced launches for CubeSats and microsatellites through the provision of launch brokering services, launch interface equipment and associated services to its customers. ISILAUNCH also supports constellation customers with launch integration services utilizing its large family of launch deployers, separation systems, sequencers and vast integration experience.
For more information visit https://www.isilaunch.com/