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Exotrail announces the successful in-orbit test mission it conducted last year

Summary

Exotrail deployed its first cubesat with the latest advanced ExoMG electric propulsion system, according to the report it divulged last week. The company sent the cubesat to the low-Earth orbit (LEO) two months ago. This mission was testing its in-orbit […]

Exotrail deployed its first cubesat with the latest advanced ExoMG electric propulsion system, according to the report it divulged last week. The company sent the cubesat to the low-Earth orbit (LEO) two months ago. This mission was testing its in-orbit technology with the help of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV rocket. The mission implies that the company is ready for venturing more space operations with other satellites below 250 kilograms. The ExoMG electric propulsion system is under the direction of ExoOPS. ExoOPS is Exotrail’s operation software running the propulsion system, proving that it created two new products in this mission.

The chief executive and one of the founders of Exotrail, David Henri, stated that everything they planned for this mission proceeded as expected. Moreover, customers of the company commended the company for unveiling this advanced technology. The customers are also ready to work with this company to enjoy the technology developed by the company’s engineers. Additionally, Eutelsat is contacting the company for the development of cloud-based mission design software. The company unveiled this technology revealing its involvement in advanced technology. The project manager of Eutelsat, Antonin, Hirsch, commended the simplicity of the software in understanding. The software allows the engineers to optimize the operations of a constellation of satellites, change the projection of the satellites, and determine the effect of propelling the system in another trajectory.

Exotrail revealed that they conducted numerous pilot tests for this program before they allowed Eutelsat to purchase and enjoy its versatility. The company generated data from constellation operators, satellite controllers, and engineers to develop a system that adjusts with the satellites’ operating system. The company protects this technology, and it has allowed only Eutelsat to explore its variations while giving back feedback to the company for updating of the next production. David Henri stated that this contract is creating a solid foundation for the partnership between these two companies.

Additionally, Eutelsat announced that the next series of Eutelsat satellites under the ELO constellation would host the technology created by Exotrail. The company wants to test the electric propulsion system developed by Exotrail to display a new variable that the space industry has never witnessed. Exotrail’s CEO explained that their obligation is to become a peculiar technology company in the space industry by offering propulsion system designs, satellite technology, and mission designs for the company’s customers. Other companies that have declared interest in the Exotrail electric propulsion and want to install it in their systems is CNES, a popular French space company.