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Exolaunch Deploys 21 Satellites on Transporter-7 Mission

EXOpod, EXOpod Nova, and NorSat-TD mounted on Europa-Type EXOport. Credit: Exolaunch

Ibadan, 17 April 2023. – Exolaunch has successfully deployed 21 satellites on SpaceX’s Transporter-7 mission. The mission launched via SpaceX Falcon 9 on April 14 at 11:48 pm PT from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA. This is the 19th mission in Exolaunch’s flight heritage, bringing it to 290 satellites launched and bringing the Company closer to the 300 satellites milestone.

On its second Transporter mission this year, Exolaunch launched a combined mass of over 550 kilograms for multiple international customers hailing from the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, Turkey, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Monaco, Lithuania, Denmark, Argentina, Colombia, the UAE, and Kenya.

In total, Exolaunch safely delivered 16 CubeSats and five microsatellites carrying various Earth observation and communication payloads into a sun-synchronous orbit above an altitude of 500 km. During the flight, all customer satellites separated seamlessly from the Falcon 9 upper stage via Exolaunch’s industry-leading EXOpod and EXOpod Nova CubeSat deployers and its CarboNIX microsatellite separation systems.

Exolaunch provides capacity for its customers on Falcon 9 rideshare missions under a Multi-Launch Agreement (MLA) with SpaceX, first signed in 2020 and since expanded to include new missions. Under the terms of the MLA, Exolaunch provides turnkey mission management, testing, and integration services, as well as its industry-leading separation systems.

“It is a privilege to fly with such prestigious customers on Transporter-7, and we are especially proud to accompany and stand alongside emerging space nations as they take their historic first steps in orbit”, said Jeanne Allarie, VP Launch at Exolaunch. “Through our work on rideshare launches, Exolaunch has the chance to bring together the entire NewSpace value chain and take them across the finish line.”

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