Space Rider aims to provide Europe with an affordable, independent, reusable end-to-end integrated space transportation system for routine access and return from low orbit.
Product/Service - Space Rider
- Cargo Transportation & Landers
- Microgravity Flight Service (LEO)
Microgravity Flight Service (Reusable Satellite)
- First launch
- Thales Alenia, Avio
It will transport payloads for an array of applications, orbit altitudes and inclinations.
Space Rider is fully integrated with Vega-C to provide a space laboratory for payloads to operate in orbit for a variety of applications in missions lasting about two months.
Space Rider is an uncrewed robotic laboratory about the size of two minivans. After launch on Vega-C it will stay in low orbit for about two months. Experiments inside its cargo bay will allow technology demonstration and benefit research in pharmaceutics, biomedicine, biology and physical science. At the end of its mission, Space Rider will return to Earth with its payloads and land on a runway to be unloaded and refurbished for another flight.
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