On 1 April 2020, Momentus Space announced they had signed a launch service agreement with ODYSSEUS Space.
ODYSSEUS is a startup based in Taiwan created by French professionals coming from the European space sector. They have experience and expertise both in Asia and in Europe to uniquely address the booming global market of small satellites applications.
The IRIS-A mission Momentus is supporting is of strategic importance to Taiwan, and it is the first of three, with follow up missions IRIS-B and IRIS-C due to reach space in 2022 and 2023. IRIS-A will be equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to achieve a Doppler shift estimation and improve the quality of downlink signal, increasing the efficiency of future IoT constellations of nanosatellites intended to monitor objects from space.
ODYSSEUS has been working with National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) of Tainan, Taiwan for many years. IoT is a very hot topic in Taiwan and Momentus has said they are thrilled to be working with leaders in the sector bringing the technology to space.
Momentus Space’s Vigoride solution is highly innovative and provides small satellite developers, like NCKU and ODYSSEUS with long awaited flexibility in the choice of their orbit and their timeline.