Zeitgeist mission marks new milestone for the company and new space industry.
Exolaunch has announced the successful launch of 30 commercial, space agency, and university satellites for its customers from Europe and the US on the first dedicated rideshare mission of SpaceXs SmallSat Rideshare Program. The mission, named Zeitgeist, lifted off on January 24 at 15:00 UTC on Falcon 9 Transporter-1, completing one of the largest and most diverse rideshare missions for Exolaunch.
Zeitgeist kicked-off the first of several rideshares Exolaunch will manifest on Falcon 9 as part of a multi-launch agreement with SpaceX. On this mission, Exolaunch provided deployment, mission management and integration services to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Dresden Technical University, ICEYE, NanoAvionics and other commercial companies for IoT, Earth observation and scientific applications.
This Zeitgeist mission set a new standard for rideshare launches and not only was a successful demonstration of Exolaunchs capabilities, but also paved the way for smallsat developers from around the world to participate in SpaceXs SmallSat Rideshare Program, said Jeanne Medvedeva, Vice President of Launch Services at Exolaunch. We are proud to be working with so many of the worlds leading satellite and technology companies to advance the NewSpace industry, and we are already looking ahead to additional Falcon 9 launches later this year.
Zeitgeist was Exolaunchs 12th rideshare mission. As with previous launches, Exolaunch utilized its proprietary flight-proven separation systems CarboNIX, the next generation shock-free separation system for microsatellites, upgraded modifications of EXOpod CubeSat deployers, as well as its EXObox sequencers to flawlessly deploy its customers satellites into the target orbit. With this launch, Exolaunch has flown 140 smallsats on multiple launch vehicles.