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US-based start-up enters space race with water-powered satellites

US-based start-up enters space race with water-powered satellites

Stephen Kuper

Silicon Valley start-up Momentus has announced that the company’s Vigoride service is now open for orders, which aims to revolutionise the small and nano-satellite industries with new propulsion systems. 

Momentus provides water plasma-propelled in-space transportation services for spacecraft large and small to reach their final destination. Vigoride is an in-space orbit transfer service for satellites, delivering payloads to one or multiple custom locations. 

Vigoride enables satellites to be placed exactly where you need them to be in space. The first leg of the journey is performed by a dedicated small launch vehicle, rideshare via a large rocket, or deployment out of the International Space Station.

The Vigoride system comes in two variants, including:

  • Vigoride: The Vigoride transfer vehicle will then transport your payload to its final destination. Satellites with masses up to 250 kg can be moved from ISS orbit all the way up to 2,000 km on Vigoride.
  • Vigoride Extended: Capable of transporting satellites with masses up to 300 kg from LEO to GTO, or up to 100 kg directly from LEO to GEO, Lunar orbit, and beyond is possible on a Vigoride Extended. Vigoride Extended can be launched from an ESPA Grande ring or from almost any small dedicated launcher or larger rideshare vehicle.

Vigoride can be launched from an ESPA or ESPA Grande ring, from ISS airlocks, or from almost any small dedicated launcher or larger ride-share vehicle.

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Founded by space entrepreneur Mikhail Kokorich and his partner Lev Khasis in Santa Clara in 2017, Momentus was born out of countless discussions with satellite operators looking for rides to destinations that weren’t commercially being offered. 

Momentus aims to create efficient in-space transportation that will enable enterprise and existence to flourish in space. Rooted in breakthrough technologies, Momentus’ transportation services will be powered by deep space resource utilisation to usher in a new era of movement within our solar system.

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