DLR, TU Dresden, NanoAvionics, ICEYE and others
On this first dedicated rideshare mission of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program “Transporter-1” Exolaunch successfully launched a total of 30 commercial, space agency, and university satellites for its customers from Europe and the U.S. Exolaunch mission, named “Zeitgeist” lifted off on January 24 at 15:00 UTC on Falcon 9, completing one of the largest and most diverse rideshare missions for the company.
Zeitgeist kicked-off the first of several rideshares Exolaunch will manifest on Falcon 9 as part of a multi-launch agreement with SpaceX. On this mission, Exolaunch provided deployment, mission management and integration services to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Dresden Technical University, ICEYE, NanoAvionics and other commercial companies for IoT, Earth observation and scientific applications.
Zeitgeist was Exolaunch’s 12th rideshare mission. As with previous launches, Exolaunch utilized its proprietary flight-proven separation systems – CarboNIX, the next generation shock-free separation system for microsatellites, upgraded modifications of EXOpod cubesat deployers, as well as its EXObox sequencers to flawlessly deploy its customers’ satellites into the target orbit. With this launch, Exolaunch has flown 140 smallsats on multiple launch vehicles.
Exolaunch’s manifest on the Transporter-1 mission includes the following satellites:
Charlie nanosatellite built by NanoAvionics for Aurora Insight: The first of two nanosatellites, built and integrated by NanoAvionics for US radio frequency spectrum and wireless data provider Aurora Insight. more about Charlie here
CubeLCT nanosatellite from the German Aerospace Center (DLR): The CubeLCT is developed by DLR Institute of Communications and Navigation in close cooperation with its commercialization partner Tesat-Spacecom (TESAT). The satellite has been developed and integrated by the Danish company GomSpace. The development of the CubeLCT serves the demand for increasing bandwidth, resulting in new sensor capabilities on small satellites. more about CubeLCT here
SOMP2b (Student On-Orbit Measurement Project 2b): designed and built by TU Dresden to examine new nanomaterials under the extreme conditions of space, to test systems for converting solar heat into electrical current and to precisely measure the residual atmosphere around the satellite. more about SOMP2b here
3 x ICEYE satellites: Three more satellites of the commercial constellation of radar imaging satellites built and operated by ICEYE. more about ICEYE here
24 satellites from unnamed commercial customers.
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