Exolaunch Integrates 28 Smallsats for July Soyuz Launch

Soyuz launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome on Dec. 27, 2018. (Credit: Roscosmos)

BERLIN, June 28th, 2019 (Exolaunch PR) — Exolaunch, Europe’s premium launch services and separation system provider for small satellites, today confirmed successful payload integration for an upcoming Soyuz launch from the Vostochny launch site. In total, Exolaunch has contracted and integrated for launch 28 commercial and educational satellites from Germany, France, the USA, Israel, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Thailand, Ecuador, the Czech Republic and Estonia. The complete list of smallsats follows.

The smallsats will be launched on a single mission — this will be one of the largest and most technically challenging clusters ever delivered by a single small satellite integrator. All smallsats are very diverse, including 25 cubesats ranging from 0,25U to 16U, two commercial microsatellites and Exolaunch’s technological payload with a new shock-free separation system.

Momentus, a US-based pioneering in-space transportation company that will deliver the first ever 16U cubesat; Spire Global, one of the world’s largest space to cloud analytics companies; Clyde Space, the UK-based leading cubesat developer and NSLComm, a revolutionizing satellite communications company are all present. Additionally, German Orbital Systems, a Berlin-based leading cubesat developer and a number of European universities are represented on this mission.

All cubesats on this launch are integrated into 12U and 16U EXOpod cubesat deployers provided by Exolaunch. EXOpods were already successfully flown on multiple missions and deployed dozens of cubesats. The deployment process and sequence of cubesats will be controlled by Exolaunch’s electrical management unit EXObox to ensure safe and timely deployment. CarboNIX, the company’s new shock-free separation system for microsatellites from 15kg to 150kg, will be qualified on this launch. CarboNIX will be widely used for the smallsat constellations deployment after successful qualification in space.

The smallsat cluster was adapted to the Fregat upper stage by NPO Lavochkin through the cluster launch contracts with Glavkosmos.

The Fregat upper stage will firstly deploy the primary satellite into its dedicated orbit and then change the altitude to deploy all small satellites into two different sun-synchronous orbits – 580km and 530km followed by the upper stage deorbit.

With over 50 microsatellites and cubesats launched, the Exolaunch’s team is looking forward to the upcoming launch of these 28 smallsats and is preparing for a number of new launch campaigns for smallsats later this year, throughout 2020 and beyond.

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Momentus  (USA) – The “El Camino Real” mission will demonstrate key elements of Momentus’ Vigoride orbital shuttle, including microwave electrothermal plasma propulsion, power systems, avionics and sensors. To minimize cost and streamline launch process, the Vigoride pathfinder integrated inside the largest ever launched 16U cubesat structure.

Spire Global (USA) –  one of the world’s largest space to cloud analytics companies – 8 Lemur class satellites. Spire’s 3U cubesats are designed for collecting Automatic Identification ship tracking data, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast airplane tracking data and GPS Radio Occultation weather data.

NSLComm (Israel) – NSLSat-1, built by the UK’s cubesat developer Clyde Space, will deploy an expandable high-performance antenna and sub-reflector system that will demonstrate highly disruptive technology in Ka-band communications.
German Orbital Systems (Germany) – Three satellites on board, one of which, JAISAT-1, is built by the company for the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand, the other two are EXOCONNECT и D-Star ONE (LightSat). The company will serve the needs of the amateur radio community, and test in-orbit verification and demonstration of in-house developed satellite systems.

Berlin Technical University (Germany) –  Beesat-9 and Beesat-10,11,12,13 cubesats built to demonstrate communication in the UHF band and novice technologies of attitude determination.

Munich Technical University (Germany) will demonstrate their innovative cubesat bus by launching MOVE-IIb.

Tallinn Technical University (Estonia) – an educational satellite TTU101 developed to test Earth observation cameras and a novel high speed X-band communication system.

Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Ecuador) – a university’s mission Ecuador – UTE that will monitor space weather and conduct ionospheric research.

Royal Institute of Technology KTH (Sweden) –  SEAM-2.0 scientific spacecraft for measuring the magnetic field of the Earth.

University of Montpellier (France) – MTCube satellite will be launched for the technology demonstration.

University of Wuerzburg (Germany) – SONATE, a cubesat for technology demonstration, and orbital verification of various satellite components and autonomous payloads.

SkyFox Labs (Czech Republic) – Lucky-7 cubesat will demonstrate innovative solutions for 1U cubesat platform.

Two European Earth Observation Microsats

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Exolaunch is a leading European launch services and separation systems provider offering regular access to space for small satellites. In cooperation with global launch vehicle providers, the proven flight heritage of Exolaunch includes the successful organization and launch execution of 50+ multinational small satellites. Their optimal solutions have enabled the visions of some of the world’s most ambitious startups, universities, space agencies and scientific institutions. In addition to launch services, Exolaunch designs and manufactures in-house 12U/16U cubesat deployers and shock-free separation systems for microsatellites. For more information, visit: www.exolaunch.com