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Vyoma Contracts Aerospacelab for Second SSA Satellite

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Lagos, 17 June 2024. – Vyoma has selected Aerospacelab for a contract for a microsatellite, flying Vyoma’s second Space Situational Awareness (SSA) optical payload, which will tentatively launch towards the end of 2025. The mission advances Vyoma’s 12-satellite Flamingo constellation which the Company designed for the acquisition and provision of low-latency, high-fidelity space-based SSA data.

Furthermore, as part of the contract, Aerospacelab will provide its Versatile Satellite Platform-50 (VSP-50) to host Vyoma’s optical payload and the mission’s manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing service. This includes the integration of the payload, and satellite integration onto the launch vehicle, the launch and early-orbit phase and commissioning once in orbit. This mission is the successor of Vyoma’s pilot (first-generation) satellite, due for launch in February 2025.

The contract marks the second commercial contract to date for Aerospacelab’s VSP-50, which relies on the proven heritage and successes of its VSP-150. The company currently operates six VSP-150, including four that launched on SpaceX Transporter-10 mission.

Speaking on the contract, Dr. Luisa Buinhas, Chief Program Officer for Vyoma, said, “The second-generation satellite technology will significantly improve our in-orbit space surveillance and tracking operations, to acquire data with unprecedented precision. The CPO also added, “Overall, our growing surveillance constellation will foster a safer and more secure space environment, empowering intelligence officers and operators to make effective operational decisions.”

Likewise, Benoit Deper, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Aerospacelab commented, “Commercial industry will accelerate the deployment of critical space capability. We are one of the most vertically integrated satellite manufacturers able to rapidly produce satellite buses and integrate payloads for a diverse set of missions—it comes down to affordability, timeline and reducing risk.”

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