Product/Service - Ferry
- Cargo Transportation & Landers
- In-Space Manufacturing
Transport Service (Earth-LEO)
Transport Service (Re-Entry)
- First launch
Outpost is offering customers precision Earth return of orbital payloads by designing and building reusable satellites. Two Made In Space co-founders teamed up with a paragliding expert to found Outpost, a startup focused on returning satellites and payloads from orbit. Outpost plans to return satellites weighing about 200 kilograms. In contrast to space capsule return flights that rely on rigid ablative heat shields, ballistic atmospheric entry and parachutes opening at low altitudes, Outpost has developed “lightweight and compact” systems that “deploy using pneumatic inflation,” Vergalla said.
The company has developed, and flight tested a novel re-entry method that enables satellites to safely return to Earth with precision landing. This technology not only makes single-use satellites obsolete, but also enables the broader aerospace market to attain dedicated payload return to Earth.
The high-altitude tests in April 2022 were the flying start to Outpost Technologies' vision: to gently return used space hardware back to Earth for reflight or examination. That hardware could be satellites low on fuel, or used-up science experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).