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Exotrail to provide Astro Digital with electric propulsion systems

Exotrail has signed a contract with Astro Digital for the delivery of multiple spaceware™ electric propulsion systems to be embarked on satellites manufactured by Astro Digital for an undisclosed customer.

Astro Digital, Silicon Valley based small satellite manufacturer and operator, has selected Exotrail, for the delivery of its spaceware™ - micro L propulsion system. Exotrail is already an electric propulsion provider for another Astro Digital supported mission set for launch in 2023. The spaceware™ - micro L will be integrated into the Corvus platform, Astro Digital’s flexible and cost effective product ranging from 6U to ESPA class missions. Exotrail propulsion systems are scheduled for delivery to meet Astro Digital objective to begin services in 2024.

spaceware™, and its nano, micro, mini and cluster product configurations, is Exotrail space-proven Hall-Effect electric propulsion system for satellites ranging from 10 to 1,000 kg. spaceware™ - micro is a 150W propulsion system providing more than 7mN of thrust, for an unrivalled trade-off between thrust compared to mass and volume efficiency.

Thanks to its high level of thrust and modularity, spaceware™ drastically improves satellite deployment, increases service performances, and contributes to reduce space pollution with exponential number of assets flying in low earth orbit. Exotrail thrusters will hence improve the overall mission deployment and operation of the constellation Astro Digital is building and will operate.

This contract is another proof of the market fit of Exotrail electric propulsive systems on the global market, and notably for small satellites constellations. Additionally, it extends Exotrail footprint in the US, materializing the acceleration of Exotrail operations worldwide, consistent with the objective outlined in its series B fundraising announced in February 2023, an effort to be extended across 2023.

On this occasion, Astro Digital declared: “We are very pleased to continue working with Exotrail and to offer the spaceware propulsion product as an optional system in our Corvus line of satellite platforms. This enabling technology helps Astro Digital meet our customer requirements for satellite maneuverability.”

Exotrail’s CEO and cofounder Jean-Luc Maria, stated: “We are very grateful that Astro Digital vested its trust in Exotrail spaceware™ product. Astro Digital and Exotrail teams collaborate for long now but this new contract opens a new and exciting momentum as it contributes building the future of connectivity in space. All Exotrail products are tailored to address the constellation market and a strong component of the company’s long-term vision.”


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