PARIS — Small launch vehicle developer Relativity Space announced Sept. 11 a contract with Momentus to carry a set of small satellites to geostationary orbit.
The launch agreement, announced during Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week here, covers one launch of Relativity’s Terran 1 rocket in 2021 with an option for up to five additional launches. The companies did not disclose the terms of the agreement, but Relativity offers the Terran 1 for a list price of $10 million.
The 2021 launch will fly Momentus’ Vigoride Extended tug, capable of carrying up to 350 kilograms of satellites. The tug will transport the satellites from an initial low Earth orbit to geostationary orbit using its water plasma thruster technology.
Tim Ellis, chief executive of Relativity, said Momentus helps Relativity address a wider range of potential customers. “It really opens up not just low Earth orbits and medium Earth orbits, which we can currently do with the baseline Terran 1,” he said during a panel discussion at the conference. “It lets us do things like phasing of satellites in LEO, geosynchronous launches and beyond Earth orbit.”
Momentus joins several other customers announced by Relativity in recent months, including Telesat, Thai startup mu Space ...