French electric propulsion supplier Exotrail wins new U.S. contract
French electric propulsion supplier Exotrail wins new U.S. contract
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French electric propulsion supplier Exotrail wins new U.S. contract

The French nugget has been chosen by California-based Muon Space to equip the next phase of its climate monitoring constellation. This is Exotrail's sixth U.S. contract to date.

Devoted to the climate study

Founded in 2021 in Mountain View, near San Francisco in California, startup Muon Space is developing a constellation of microsatellites designed to collect scientific-grade geophysical and environmental measurements of the atmosphere, ocean and earth's surface, for climate monitoring.

A 70 kg demonstrator, MuSat 1, was launched last June during SpaceX's Transporter 8 mission.

It is due to be followed from 2024 by upgraded versions, MuSat 2 and 3, which will test microwave and hyperspectral sensors.


Five Spaceware systems ordered

The contract was made official this August 24 August : five satellites in the next phase of the Muon Space constellation will be equipped with Spaceware electric propulsion systems supplied by Exotrail, New Space Made in France startup.

For the record, Exotrail was founded in 2017 in Massy, Essonne, and develops and produces electric propulsion systems and software for small satellites.

For the Muon Space constellation, its Spaceware high-pulse electric Hall effect propulsion system will perform various functions such as orbit raising, anomaly phasing, orbit maintenance, collision avoidance and deorbiting of spacecraft at the end of their operational life.


Conquering America

This latest export success marks the continuation of Exotrail's American adventure, winning its sixth contract in the United States this year, and having just set up two subsidiaries there, including one to meet the needs of the US government.

Last spring, we welcomed Air & Cosmos Jean-Luc Maria, co-founder and current Chairman and CEO of Exotrail, for a twenty-minute filmed interview.

Discover it online on our YouTube channel (in French).

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