Launcher announces customers for first Orbiter space tug mission
Launcher Names Customers for First Orbiter Mission
HAWTHORNE, CA, May 16, 2022 – Launcher, the space logistics company focused on providing access to anywhere in space at the lowest cost, today announced the customers on the first flight of its satellite transfer vehicle and hosted payload platform Orbiter. Orbiter’s first mission, SN1, is scheduled to reach orbit in October 2022 on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Transporter-6 rideshare launch. Launcher’s customers, spanning academia, startups and established industry leaders, demonstrate the growing demand for orbit transfer and hosted payload services.
The list of Orbiter’s first flight customers includes:
On SpaceX Transporter flights, Orbiter can carry up to 400 kg of payload mass in the form of small and cube satellites. Additionally, Orbiter can support components and payloads by providing power, communications, and other commodities. Orbiter is equipped with a chemical propulsion system that uses ethane and nitrous oxide propellants, and the vehicle will initially provide up to 500 meters per second of delta-v, or change in velocity. Orbiter is designed to integrate with SpaceX Transporter 24-inch ports and maximize the available volume to its customer payload.
Due to in-house design and production of the majority of the structure, propulsion, and avionics components, Orbiter is offered to its customers at an industry-leading price of $400,000 per dedicated vehicle (excluding SpaceX flight cost). Launch and orbit transfer services are also offered to Orbiter rideshare customers at a per kilogram price of $8,000-$25,000 (including SpaceX flight cost), depending on mission requirements.
“We are honored to have a broad range of customers joining us on Orbiter’s first flight, including academia, early-stage companies, and more established ones. We are especially pleased to host two of these payloads on a long-duration mission– proving Orbiter’s viability and utility as a hosted satellite platform.” stated Launcher Head of Product and Business Development David Caponio.
Orbiter provides unique value to its customers by allowing them to quickly reach nearby rideshare orbits and precisely insert each spacecraft into its proper mission orbit in the most efficient way possible. The delta-v provided by Orbiter can be used to adjust altitude, inclination, and LTDN (Local Time of Descending Node) as well as local anomaly tailoring to distribute small spacecraft quickly and evenly along an entire orbital plane. Given the low additional cost for Orbiter above the SpaceX rideshare price, delta-v can be imparted to each customer spacecraft at a lower cost than implementing or expanding spacecraft resident propulsion systems. This lowers the overall capital cost of each spacecraft and extends its lifetime by maximizing the propellant remaining after reaching its proper mission orbit.
When Orbiter completes its transfer mission, the platform continues to host components and payloads for up to two years. This enables both early-stage and mature space companies to increase the heritage and technology readiness of their payload or components without the added cost of a dedicated spacecraft and ground operations infrastructure. Using the shared resources available from Orbiter, these services are provided in a more efficient manner.
“Our customers on Orbiter’s inaugural flight this October illustrate the market need for transfer and hosted payload services, which we are proud to deliver at the lowest price in the industry.” stated Max Haot, CEO of Launcher.
Below is a summary of the Orbiter’s current flight manifest:
Mission Launch Date
Orbiter SN1 October 1, 2022 (Full)
Orbiter SN2 January 1, 2023 (Selling Capacity)
Orbiter SN3 April 1, 2023 (Selling Capacity)
Orbiter SN4 October 1, 2023 (Selling Capacity)
To book a flight to orbit for your satellite or hosted payload, visit launcherspace.com/book or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2017, Launcher develops the world’s most efficient rockets and transfer vehicles to deliver small satellites to orbit. Orbiter, Launcher’s orbital transfer vehicle and satellite platform, is uniquely compatible with third-party rideshare launch vehicles as well as Launcher’s own Launcher Light rocket. With Orbiter, Launcher offers rideshare launch services to tailored orbits that best meet a spacecraft customer’s mission needs. Launcher is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.
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