Muon Space, the climate constellation company revolutionizing the way Earth is monitored from space, and Exolaunch, a global leader in launch mission management, integration services and deployment technologies, have signed a multi-launch agreement (MLA) to deploy Muon Space’s first three constellation satellites during SpaceX Transporter missions. Muon Space’s first satellite, MuSat-1, was launched in June via Exolaunch on SpaceX’s Transporter-8 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
The successful deployment of MuSat-1 was the first step towards the development of Muon Space’s Climate Constellation, which will use a new generation of sensors to monitor Earth’s climate and ecosystems. MuSat-2 and MuSat-3 are close behind – establishing a regular launch cadence to enable a growing constellation for Climate Intelligence data.
“The experience and reliability of the Exolaunch team ensured an issue-free first launch campaign, allowing our team at Muon Space to focus on our core mission objectives instead of launch logistics and separation systems,” said Reuben Rohrschneider, Chief Mission Architect and Co-Founder at Muon Space. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Exolaunch and SpaceX to launch and deploying our climate data monitoring constellation.”
Muon Space chose Exolaunch for its vast expertise on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and for Exolaunch’s rapidly growing flight heritage, which now counts over 320 satellites launched. Under this MLA, Exolaunch will provide turnkey launch and deployment solutions for Muon Space’s satellites, as well as its award-winning CarboNIX microsatellite separation system through 2024. With a flight heritage of nearly 70 satellites deployed across 14 missions and a patented low-shock design, CarboNIX has quickly become the system of choice for Exolaunch customers launching microsatellites on Falcon 9 and helped Exolaunch to secure multiple new launch agreements.
“We are proud and grateful that Muon Space entrusted Exolaunch with separation services for these critical constellation-building launches,” said Jeanne Allarie, VP Launch at Exolaunch. “It’s a pleasure to work with a team of such distinguished space industry veterans, and we are honored to help them turn their vision into a ‘separation confirmed’. Muon Space can fully rely on regular and on-schedule launches thanks to the SpaceX’s Transporter program when planning their ambitious missions and tackling global challenges from space.”
Transporter-8’s success marks the first milestone in this MLA and represents a significant achievement for both companies, with Muon Space celebrating its first satellite in orbit and Exolaunch surpassing its 300th satellite deployed on the mission.