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Falcon 9
TRANSPORTER-5 MISSION, 25th May 2022

Launch site:
Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
Main payload:
Smallsat rideshare mission with 59 spacecraft, including including cubesats, microsats, non-deploying hosted payloads, and orbital transfer vehicles.
EXOLAUNCH Manifest:
21 smallsats

Featured customers

Spire Global, Satellogic, ICEYE, NanoAvionics, Omnispace, Thales Alenia Space, Satlantis, EnduroSat, Plan-S, Spacemanic, Aalto University and Space Products and Innovation

Mission Overview

In its fifth rideshare mission with SpaceX and sixteenth mission in total, Exolaunch, a global provider of launch, in-space logistics and deployment services, has launched and deployed more than 1500 kg of payload mass across 20+ satellites for its international customers from 11 countries and three continents. Exolaunch's customer satellites weighing 100+ kg and cubesats ranging up to 16U flew on May 25, 2022 on operated by the SpaceX Transporter-5 mission from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Following the successful debut flight of the Exolaunch's novel CarboNIX 8-inch separation system for microsatellites on Transporter-4, this launch marked the premiere for EXOpod Nova, company's latest technology for optimized cubesat deployment.

Nova's first launch proudly flew multiple satellites for Spire Global and its customers via a Multi Launch Agreement between the companies. Nova increases the allowable satellite mass by up to 30 percent and the available side panel volume by a factor of four compared to traditional cubesat deployers. It also enables smallsat manufacturers to keep launch costs low while building larger, heavier, and more capable cubesats. Exolaunch aims to further use the EXOpod Nova on its Reliant orbital transfer vehicle (OTV) next year to provide launch flexibility to cubesat constellations.

Nova joins the suite of Exolaunch's reliable and cost-effective solutions to launch and deploy small satellites and is becoming the preferred and most flexible deployment technology for the existing cubesat constellations. The company's customers can deploy their satellites into space by fully relying on Exolaunch's separation systems, including CarboNIX, EXOpod, and now, EXOpod Nova.

Transporter-5 has launched Exolaunch's new and returning customers, including Spire Global, Satellogic, ICEYE, NanoAvionics, Omnispace, Thales Alenia Space, Satlantis, EnduroSat, Plan-S, Spacemanic, Aalto University and Space Products and Innovation. The customers' payloads will enable space application technologies such as Optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar observation, Maritime Surveillance, and IoT communications.

This mission is the fifth Transporter in a series of rideshare launches Exolaunch manifests on Falcon 9 under a Multi-Launch Agreement with SpaceX. For each Falcon 9 launch procured, Exolaunch provides a turnkey solution encompassing comprehensive rideshare mission management, satellite integration, environmental testing and deployment services.

Exolaunch has deployed more than 100 smallsats on SpaceX's first four rideshare Transporter missions.

Exolaunch's payload manifest on Transporter-5 is available here.

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