Space mobility operator Exotrail and the European launch services provider Isar Aerospace have announced a multiple launch services agreement.
Isar Aerospace’s launch vehicle Spectrum will launch Exotrail’s spacevan vehicle on several firm launches to low Earth (LEO) and geostationary transfer orbits (GTO) from Isar Aerospace’s launch sites in Andøya, Norway and CSG, French Guiana, between 2024 and 2029. With the combination of launchpads, Isar Aerospace provides access to all orbits at a high cadence.
The combination of both service offers enables customers to launch single satellites and satellite constellations and place them in the orbit of their choice driving forward telecommunication, earth observation, space logistics and exploration.
With this agreement, Exotrail extends its manifest to keep on providing competitive solutions and meet the market’s growing demand for precise satellite delivery in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), with specific orbital planes, inclinations and altitudes, as well as further to the geostationary orbit (GEO). Doing so, the company keeps on building up its spacedrop manifest for the years to come, with a stable financial framework and without compromising service flexibility. The spacevan vehicles will embark on the Spectrum launcher, with the possibility to fly from Isar Aerospace’s two launch facilities: the Norway-based launchpad in Andøya, as well as from the European spaceport CSG (Centre Spatial Guyanais) in French Guiana.
Exotrail’s tailored spacedrop service allows satellite operators to get their spacecrafts into their bespoke operational orbits. Exotrail offers an integrated service by procuring access to space, integrating customers’ satellites onto the spacevan platform and performing the required operations in orbit. Contrary to other solutions in the market, Exotrail’s spacevan uses space-proven electric propulsion to increase both its passenger capacity and its range. The versatility of Isar Aerospace’s launch offering towards specific planes and low inclinations, along with the seldom spacevan performances, will allow Exotrail to deliver passengers’ satellites in any plane and any inclination, making new business models available and sustainable.
Commenting on the deal, Jean-Luc Maria, CEO of Exotrail, said: “The contract with Isar Aerospace enables us to consolidate our spacedrop service by offering more launch opportunities to customers looking for bespoke and competitive access to LEO and GEO orbits. We are looking forward to these flights and to building a long-term, mutually beneficial partnership with Isar Aerospace and our respective customers.”
Daniel Metzler, CEO and Co-Founder of Isar Aerospace, added: “Exotrail is one of the leading European NewSpace companies – we are delighted to welcome them on-board Spectrum’s flights and thank Exotrail’s team for the trust and confidence it has placed in us. We are proud to further expand our launch manifest and can look on a strong customer record.”