The end of May saw successful launches from several companies including Momentus, Exolaunch, and Satellogic. Momentus had previously signed agreements for launch slots on future SpaceX Transporter missions in 2022 and 2023.
SpaceX led all launch service providers in Q1, launching 502 spacecraft, according to a BryceTech report, “Global Orbital Space Launches Q1 2022,” and it also plays a significant role in Connectivity Business News’ launch roundup:
- U.S.-based commercial space company Momentus (NASDAQ: MNTS) announced Tuesday the successful deployment of two customer satellites last month. The company launched its first demonstration flight of the Vigoride orbital transfer vehicle to low Earth orbit aboard the first demonstration SpaceX Transporter-5 mission on May 25.
Momentus had signed agreements earlier this year for launch slots on future SpaceX Transporter missions in 2022 and 2023. Momentus intends to use the new Vigoride Orbital Transfer Vehicle to launch a total of nine satellites over a period of approximately six months, based on the company’s FCC license, Chief Executive John Rood said Wednesday during a fireside chat with the publication IPO Edge.
Momentus’ customers include California Polytechnic University at Pomona and Bronco Space. While the first demonstration mission was an overall success, the new transfer vehicle did post some anomalies that Momentus is looking into, Rood said. The company is also planning to introduce a reusable version of the Vigoride later in the decade, he said.
- Uruguay-based Earth observation company Satellogic (NASDAQ: SATL) announced May 26 the launch of four additional satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, expanding the company’s fleet to 26 operational satellites. This keeps the company on pace toward its goal of putting 34 satellites into orbit by Q1 2023.
- U.S.-based internet of things (IoT) and 5G satellite communications specialist Omnispace on May 26 announced the successful launch and delivery of the “Omnispace Spark 2” satellite into orbit through a collaboration with Thales Alenia Space (OTCMKTS: THLLY). This mission concludes the deployment phase of the “Omnispace Spark” program, which the company intends to use to deliver the world’s first 5G capable satellite network, according to a statement on the company’s website.
- German launch service company Exolaunch on May 25 during its fifth mission using the SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully completed its Transporter-5 mission, which carried more than 20 satellites to numerous customers that include Spire Global (NYSE: SPIR), Satellogic, Omnispace, ICEYE and others.
- U.S.-based hypersonic provider Stratolaunch Systems in May publicly debuted its finished Talon-A test vehicle, TA-0. Although the first version of the vehicle will not be powered during flight, future generations of the TA-0 will be rocket-powered, autonomous, reusable testbeds that can carry flexible payloads at hypersonic speeds.
“We’re proud to reveal our first test vehicle to the public and our key stakeholders. TA-0 represents the immense progress our company has made toward hypersonic flight in a short period of time,” Zachary Krevor, CEO, and president at Stratolaunch, said in a May 26 statement.