Momentus has plans to provide orbital shuttle service to its customers on SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare mission.
Momentus’ Vigoride orbital shuttle will carry multiple customer satellites, with a total mass up to 250 kg., each to its own custom orbit on a mission scheduled to launch no earlier than late 2020. As part of this launch, Momentus will offer its customers the ability to access multiple destination orbits through its in-space last-mile transportation services.
A graduate of the prestigious Y Combinator program and based in Santa Clara, California, Momentus recently announced a $25.5 million Series A, bringing total funding to $34 million. Momentus employs new and proprietary technology including water plasma propulsion for the mission of low-cost sustainable transportation through space. Momentus’ Vigoride orbital shuttle, which is designed and built in-house, is powered by proprietary water plasma propulsion to ferry satellites from one orbit to another.
Mikhail Kokorich, the CEO of Momentus, said that showing ridesharing from the Falcon 9 will be a game-changer. By ferrying payloads to multiple orbits from a single launch, the company multiplies the capability of an already very impressive system.
Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX said the company is excited to have Momentus as SpaceX’s first customer on a dedicated small satellite rideshare mission. Their innovative technology will offer a strong complement to Falcon 9’s capability to reliably and affordably launch payloads for small satellite operators.
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