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Vast and The Exploration Company Partner for Cargo Services

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Haven-1. Credit: Vast

Ibadan, 17 June 2024. – Vast and The Exploration Company have signed a cargo services agreement for a 2028 mission to Vast’s second Haven space station. The agreement commences collaboration between Vast and European industry partners to commercialize low-Earth orbit. In this case, The Exploration Company’s modular and reusable orbital space vehicle ‘Nyx’ is targeting a cargo mission to Vast’s second Haven space station, in 2028.

Walther Pelzer, Director General of the German Space Agency at DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt) and Bale Dalton, NASA Chief of Staff, attended the signing event along with Max Haot, Chief Executive Officer of Vast, and Helene Huby, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The Exploration Company.

The Exploration Company’s Nyx cargo vehicle can carry upwards of 4,000 kilograms to Vast’s second Haven space station. Nyx can also return upwards of 2,600 kilograms of payload (down-mass) from the space station safely back to Earth. The new cargo agreement between Vast and The Exploration Company expands cooperation in human spaceflight between the American and European space industries, enabling a research-based economy in LEO.

Speaking on the partnership, Max Haot, said, “Vast is happy to partner with The Exploration Company as we strengthen our collaboration with European industry and enable human space exploration with ESA member space agencies such as DLR. We are building strong ties with the European space ecosystem and Nyx is an excellent solution for our space station cargo needs.”

Similarly, Helene Huby, added, “We are excited to support future Haven commercial space station operations as Vast fields a replacement to the International Space Station before the end of the decade. I am proud of our team for continuously delivering on our promises, unleashing its talent, and strengthening the credibility of not only The Exploration Company but Europe’s space industry.”

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