Momentus Space

Building the in-space transportation industry with extraterrestrial in situ resource utilization in mind.

Created: 2018-11-22

Updated: 2022-09-18

Company - Momentus Space

Founded
Country
2017
USA
Funding
$143.8M+
Website
Momentus
Social
Momentus Space

Service

Classification
In-Space Transportation
Category
Space Tug
In-Space Logistics
Fields
In-Space Transportation
Transport Service (In-Space)
Transport Service (LEO-GEO)
Status
3) Development
First launch
2022

“Momentus informed Stable Road that it does not expect to fly any missions in 2021 and that this determination was based on information from SpaceX that it was suspending its Momentus-related efforts while Momentus works to secure approvals from the U.S. government,” Stable Road wrote.
Redwire, a new leader in mission critical space solutions and high reliability components for the next generation space economy, has been selected by Momentus, a commercial space company offering in-space infrastructure services, to develop robotics systems for their next generation Vigoride in-space transportation vehicle. The multi-phase contract will include a system architecture study and delivery of a flight-qualified robotics system that will operate on a flight demonstration in 2022. The agreement builds on the Memorandum of Understanding between Redwire and Momentus that was announced in September 2020.

The first orbital transfer vehicle launched by Momentus in 2022 continues to experience problems and the company says its confidence that the spacecraft can complete its mission has “substantially declined. The company said one issue with the spacecraft was a problem with solar arrays that failed to deploy as expected after launch. This caused both power and communications issues, the company said, although other body-mounted solar arrays did work correctly. The failure of the solar arrays to deploy has reduced power and limited communication. The company did have initial contact with Vigoride-3 and was able to confirm the two satellite deployments, but even with Federal Communications Commission approval of the use of unplanned frequencies it has not been able to maintain two-way communications.

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