NanoAvionics, ICEYE, Sen, Unseenlabs, Lunasonde, NuSpace, FOSSA Systems, Alba Orbital and others
In its third dedicated rideshare mission with SpaceX, Exolaunch,
the leading global provider of launch, in-space logistics and
deployment services, integrated and launched 29 small satellites
from customers across the globe. The company’s rideshare
clusters aboard the SpaceX Transporter-3 mission were an
amalgamation of microsats, cubesats (up to 16U) and PocketQubes.
The combination of customers from 17 countries across four
continents, and an unprecedented number of very sophisticated
payloads made it the most technologically rich and
geographically spread integration effort for the company yet.
Exolaunch’s rideshare customers’ payloads have top-notch
technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), Maritime
Surveillance, Ultra HD Video Streaming, Synthetic-Aperture Radar
(SAR) Earth Observation, and Science and Education.
The eclectic company medley incorporated returning customers
such as NanoAvionics and ICEYE, as well as many notable new
customers such as Sen, Unseenlabs, Lunasonde, NuSpace, FOSSA
Systems and Alba Orbital. The companies behind this plethora of
satellites are based in the USA, Finland, Great Britain, France,
Lithuania, Spain, Scotland, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil,
Germany, Israel, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, and the
The launch of these 29 satellites brought the total number of
satellites sent into orbit by Exolaunch close to two hundred.
This mission was also the third in a series of rideshare
launches, which Exolaunch is manifesting on Falcon 9 as part of
a Multi-Launch Agreement, which the company first signed with
SpaceX in 2020 and extended at the end of 2021. For every Falcon
9 launch procured through this agreement, Exolaunch provides an
end-to-end solution encompassing comprehensive rideshare mission
management, satellite integration, and deployment services.
Exolaunch has launched 59 satellites weighing nearly 1,500 kg on
SpaceX’s first two record-breaking dedicated rideshare
Transporter missions in 2021.
To maximize payload capacity and cost-effectiveness for their
customers, Exolaunch used its recent product addition, EXOport,
a flexible multi-satellite adapter designed to optimally
accommodate microsats and cubesats on a single Falcon 9 port.
Exolaunch also used its proprietary flight-proven separation
systems CarboNIX, a next generation shock-free separation
system, that to date has successfully separated 24 microsats,
and the EXOpod, Exolaunch’s upgraded deployer with a heritage of
139 deployed cubesats.
Exolaunch has manifested the following satellites on the Transporter-3 mission:
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