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Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA / Berlin, Germany – April 1, 2022 - For its upcoming fourth dedicated rideshare mission with SpaceX, Exolaunch, the leading global provider of launch, in-space logistics and deployment services, successfully completed the integration for 12 satellites from customers across the globe. The SpaceX Transporter-4 mission is scheduled for launch on April 1 from Cape Canaveral. This mission will bring the total number of satellites sent to space by Exolaunch to over two hundred.
The upcoming Falcon 9 launch will be performed in the interests of the company's new and returning customers such as NanoAvionics, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), UNSEENLABS, Omnispace, Thales Alenia Space, Satellogic, Pixxel, Spacemanic and the University of Brasilia (UnB). With small satellite deployment into two different orbits on a single mission of Falcon 9 and the debut flight of the newest CarboNIX 8-inch microsat separation system, this will be the most trailblazing Transporter mission yet for Exolaunch.
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“Exolaunch is proud to offer our customers the most innovative and cutting edge products to enhance their launch experience. This will be the first Transporter mission offering customer-centric access to two orbits within one rideshare mission, demonstrating Exolaunch's agile response to the growing smallsat market demands," said Kier Fortier, Launch Director at Exolaunch USA. "We are thrilled to collaborate with SpaceX on yet another launch as we remain at the forefront of the launch services for the market. We look forward to upgrading and extending the portfolio of our launch offerings to enable the mission success of our customers."
The mission is the fourth Transporter mission in a series of rideshare launches, in which Exolaunch is manifesting on Falcon 9 under a Multi-Launch Agreement with SpaceX first signed in 2020 and extended at the end of 2021. For each Falcon 9 launch procured through the Multi-Launch Agreement, Exolaunch provides a turnkey solution encompassing comprehensive rideshare mission management, satellite integration, environmental testing and deployment services. Exolaunch has deployed nearly 100 microsats and cubesats on SpaceX's first three record-breaking dedicated rideshare Transporter missions.
To maximize payload capacity and cost-effectiveness for their customers, Exolaunch uses 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 uses its proprietary flight-proven separation systems CarboNIX, a next generation shock-free separation system with 100% reliability, that to date has successfully separated 24 microsats, and the EXOpod, Exolaunch's cubesat deployer with a heritage of 139 deployed satellites.
Exolaunch's manifest on the Transporter-4 mission includes the following payloads and companies:
Exolaunch (Germany, USA) is a global leader in rideshare launch, deployment, in-space logistics, and integration services for the NewSpace industry. With a decade of flight heritage and close to 200 satellites launched on 14 missions on launch vehicles around the world, Exolaunch has an industry insight it can leverage to develop one-stop-shop solutions tailored towards meeting customer needs and addressing market trends. Exolaunch executes launch contracts for NewSpace leaders, the world's most innovative startups, research institutions, government organizations, and space agencies. Exolaunch manufactures lightweight and flight-proven separation systems to deliver integration and deployment services for small satellites. The company is also developing a line of environmentally-friendly orbital transfer vehicles named Reliant for the satellite last-mile transportation, in-space logistics and space debris removal. Exolaunch is committed to making space accessible for everyone and to promoting safe, sustainable and responsible use of space.
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