Today we are announcing the specifications for Vigoride Extended, a new in-space transportation service capable of carrying payloads all the way from Low Earth Orbit or GTO to GEO, Lunar orbit, libration points, or beyond. We are also announcing new contracts booked with new customers. You can download the full specification sheet here.
Vigoride, announced earlier this year, is a Low Earth Orbit version service designed for microsats and smallsats with a total payload capability of up to 250 kg and a ∆V capacity typically in the range of up to 1 kmIs depending on the size of the payload.
Vigoride Extended is our first high energy system, which builds on Vigoride’s heritage but with an upgrade to a high performance power and propulsion system that can deliver up to 6 km/s of ∆V for typical payloads with a maximum payload mass of 400 kg. Vigoride and Vigoride Extended are both optimized for small launchers or rideshare on a larger rockets. In addition, the Vigoride system is compatible with “launch to” and “deployment from” the International Space Station on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon system where it will be able to use ISS airlocks to exit the station with collections of microsat that it can carry to higher altitudes.
“Momentus’ work on Orbital Transfer Vehicles has opened up a whole new market vertical”— Miguel Belló Mora, CEO at Deimos Space.
The famed 20th century science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein is known to have said that once you get to low Earth orbit you’re halfway to anywhere. The problem is that LEO is only halfway to lots of destinations our customers, and future customers in new industries need to get to. With a ∆V reach of up to 6 km/s, Vigoride Extended and our future roadmap services can carry payloads all the way from Low Earth Orbit or GTO to GEO, Lunar orbit, Earth-Moon system libration points; Earth Sun libration points; trans-Mars injection, or to many near Earth asteroids.
Deimos Space and EXOLAUNCH are two companies in the government and commercial space sectors respectively who have already signed up to use Vigoride Extended. “Vigoride Extended will enable Deimos Space to propose new and exciting science and discovery missions in deep space,” said Miguel Belló Mora, CEO at Deimos Space. “Momentus’ work on Orbital Transfer Vehicles has opened up a whole new market vertical, enabling larger payloads to be transported from LEO all the way to GEO and beyond.”