Developing an innovative Reusable Orbital Transfer Vehicle to host and transfer NanoSatellites to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and perform precise deployment of the satellites into their final destination.
- In-Space Transportation
- Space Tug
- 3) Development
- First launch
With support from the national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) business support programme, Lúnasa, a leading developer of in-space transportation solutions, has started a new project with the University of Surrey’s STAR LAB. The SPRINT project will support the development of the company’s rendezvous proximity operations and docking (RPOD) technology. The primary objective of the SPRINT project is to accelerate the development of Lúnasa’s rendezvous and docking capabilities, identify suitable avionics and electronics, and further develop the concept of operations (CONOPs) in orbit. The technology is set for an orbital demonstration mission by late 2023. Lúnasa’s dual-stage in-space satellite servicing vehicle will be utilising the RPOD technology to become reusable and perform in-orbit satellite services.