Momentus Announces Service Agreement with Australia’s Skykraft and France’s MECANO ID to Deploy Microsatellite Constellation Pathfinder2 Oct 2020, 18:23 UTC
Vigoride (Credit: Momentus)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Momentus PR) — Momentus Inc. (“Momentus” or the “Company”), a commercial space company offering in-space satellite transportation and hosted payload services, today announced a launch service agreement for deploying Skykraft’s microsatellite on Vigoride’s mission in June 2021.
Skykraft’s spacecraft is a pathfinder for a future large LEO constellation, and will be deployed via a new separation ring named EOS and developed by MECANO ID under a CNES contract thanks to the partial financing of the Future Investment Plan.
The launch service agreement between Skykraft and Momentus provides for another microsatellite launch in late 2021, part of an accelerated demonstration program of four successive satellite iterations ahead of the launch of Skykraft’s Space Based Air Traffic Management constellation in 2023.
Skykraft is an Australian space company that specializes in the conceptualization, design, manufacturing and operations of smallsat constellations for the delivery of space-based global services. As a spin-off from the University of New South Wales Canberra’s Space Programme, Skykraft’s rapidly maturing foundation constellation is dedicated to space-based Air Traffic Management services. This constellation will provide continuous global coverage for aircraft at all altitudes, improving both the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations. Skykraft’s ...