Reentry capsule to bring cargo from space back to Earth. Global Delivery of Supplies. Space Station Resupply and Return. Resource Return.
Company - Inversion Space
Product/Service - Ray, Arc
- Cargo Transportation & Landers
- Transport Service (Re-Entry)
Microgravity Flight Service (LEO)
Microgravity Flight Service (Reusable Satellite)
- Space Capsule
- First launch
1 feet Ray launching 2023. 4 feet Arc launching in 2025.
“Inversion is one of the very first to address the problem of the lack of return options in the space industry,” said Santo Politi, co-founder and general partner of Spark Capital.
The company will try to fill an emerging need in the space industry for a “high cadence and affordable capability” to deliver cargo to space and bring supplies back, Fiaschetti told SpaceNews.
The space cargo vehicles that exist today were designed around NASA’s requirements, he said. But as space become more commercialized, there is likely to be a demand for more flexible options.
Potential customers for the company’s capsule would be both commercial and government, he said. The U.S. military, for example, could store supplies in orbit and use the capsule to deliver them anywhere in the world.
Another application would be to resupply future commercial space stations. “The current model is up and down once every three or four months. But as we start to move to a more commercialized industry, you need that high cadence of once a week,” Fiaschetti said.
The capsule also could serve as a stand-alone platform for conducting space missions. “Once our capsule is in orbit, it is able to maneuver itself either to a space station, or can deploy solar panels and stay in orbit as a free flyer,” he said. In that mode, it could host research experiments on board and then return them back to Earth or to a space station.
Further out into the future, Fiaschetti said, the capsule could be used to return materials from the moon or asteroids if companies start mining space resources.
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