Ibadan, 15 June 2023. – Neumann Space has announced that it has signed a contract with Space Inventor, a European microsatellite manufacturer, that will enable it to gain greater access to space as part of its program of in-orbit demonstration (IOD). As part of the contract, Space Inventor will allow it to integrate its next-generation Neumann Drive as an IOD payload on board a 6U EDISON Satellite. The satellite will tentatively launch in the second half of 2024.
The EDISON Mission is a part of the European Space Agency’s Pioneer program to support emerging companies seeking to provide new and innovative satellite communications technologies and services. As a result, the companies will collaborate to test, demonstrate, and verify the ease of integration and operation. Furthermore, the mission will assess the performance of the Neumann Drive. On the other hand, Space Inventor’s new mission and payload operations will provide Neumann Space with access to the Drive’s data automatically, enabling it to analyze and assess the technology to further its commercialization approach.
Speaking on the partnership, Neumann Space’s CEO, Herve Astier, said: “Our program of in-orbit demonstrations is growing in both size and breadth, with a broad range of Australian and International satellite manufacturers now collaborating with us to test and refine the Neumann Drive’s performance as we together seek to deliver better mobility in space.”
In the same vein, Karl Kaas, CEO of Space Inventor, said: “Neumann Space’s choice of technology and deep technical knowledge convinced me that this company and its people would succeed – succeed in turning the science into a product and succeed in bringing the product to a market starving for a reliable thruster for small satellites.”