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Exolaunch Delivers One Ton of Small Satellites into Orbit on SpaceX’s Transporter-2 Rideshare Mission

Transporter-2 Marks New Milestone for Exolaunch’s Cooperation with SpaceX under the Falcon 9 Rideshare Program

Cape Canaveral, Florida – June 30, 2021Exolaunch, the launch, deployment and integration services provider for the New Space industry, announced a successful launch of 29 satellites totaling one metric ton for its customers from the United States, South America and Europe on a dedicated rideshare mission of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program. The mission, named ‘Fingerspitzengefühl’, lifted off on June 30 at 19:31 UTC on Falcon 9 ‘Transporter-2’, completing one of the largest and most diverse rideshare missions for Exolaunch. With this launch, Exolaunch has flown 170 small satellites on multiple launch vehicles.

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Exolaunch’s small satellite cluster includes payloads with cutting-edge technologies for IoT, Earth Observation and scientific applications, and satellites from its international customers such as Spire Global, ICEYE, Loft Orbital, NanoAvionics, and Technical University of Berlin. Exolaunch has also provided flight hardware, separation systems and integration services to support Satellogic's four microsatellites on this mission.

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Fingerspitzengefühl is Exolaunch’s 13th rideshare mission. It is also the second in a series of rideshares Exolaunch is manifesting on Falcon 9 as part of a Multi-Launch Agreement the company signed with SpaceX in 2020. On SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission Transporter-1 earlier this year Exolaunch launched 30 contracted satellites. For every Falcon 9 launch procured through the Multi-Launch Agreement with SpaceX, Exolaunch ensures comprehensive rideshare mission management, satellite integration and deployment services for its customers.

Fingerspitzengefühl symbolizes Exolaunch’s vast experience in successfully deploying customers’ satellites into orbit, inherent to Exolaunch ingenuity and mastery that the company has demonstrated once more. It’s also a continuation of the individual mission names that started with ‘Zeitgeist’, literally ‘Spirit of the Time’, Exolaunch’s previous rideshare launch aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 in January 2021.

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“Our work with the New Space leaders is always dynamic and exciting, as they are constantly leveraging the latest technological innovations for their satellites and payloads. This requires sophisticated and flexible technological solutions and efficient mission architecture to make their journey to orbit pleasant and successful,” said Jeanne Medvedeva, Vice President of Launch Services at Exolaunch. “We are pleased to work under the Multi-Launch Agreement with SpaceX as an established partner shaping the unique launch infrastructure for our customers encompassing the needed flexibility and reliability of launch services. With the successful completion of the Fingerspitzengefühl mission on Transporter-2, Exolaunch readies for the next rideshare launch aboard SpaceX’s Transporter-3 at the end of 2021!”

To maximize payload capacity and cost-effectiveness for the customers of this mission, Exolaunch used its recent product addition, EXOport, a flexible multi-satellite adapter designed to optimally accommodate microsatellites and cubesats on a single Falcon 9 ESPA port. The company also utilized its proprietary flight-proven separation systems – CarboNIX, the next generation shock-free separation system for microsatellites, and the EXOpod, Exolaunch’s upgraded cubesat deployer with half a decade of flight heritage, to flawlessly deploy the customers’ satellites into the target sun-synchronous orbit above 500 km.

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“We are thrilled to be expanding Exolaunch’s presence to U.S. soil. This move allows us to provide tailored launch and deployment services to all our customers launching from the U.S., ensuring that we meet all of their mission needs,” said Kier Fortier, Director of Launch at Exolaunch U.S. “This is our second SpaceX Transporter mission to date, and we look forward to continuing to build upon the strong partnership between the companies so that we can offer smallsat developers the most cost-effective, flexible, and reliable rides to orbit.”

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Exolaunch has manifested the following satellites on the Transporter-2 mission:

About Exolaunch
Exolaunch (Germany, USA) provides launch, in-space logistics, deployment and mission management services for New Space actors. With 170 satellites deployed to date across different launch vehicles, Exolaunch has an industry insight it can leverage to develop solutions tailored towards meeting customer needs and addressing market trends. Exolaunch executes launch contracts for New Space leaders, the world’s most innovative startups, research institutions, government organizations, and space agencies. The company manufactures flight-proven separation systems to deliver the best-in-class integration and deployment services for small satellites, and is developing a line of space tugs to provide last-mile delivery services and remove space debris.



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