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Latitude and Aldoria formalise partnership for Zephyr launch and collision avoidance

Latitude and Aldoria formalise partnership for Zephyr launch and collision avoidance

Latitude and Aldoria have signed a 3-year partnership agreement. The collaboration between these two entities, whose activities are complementary, materialises through Aldoria's “Altitude”

two fold offering :


  • Aldoria will support Latitude during the pre-launch and launch phases of the Zephyr light launcher, and,

  • will enable Latitude to enhance its launch activities by providing anti-collision protection for its customers.


The memorandum of understanding between the two NewSpace players was signed

on April 9 at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.


Phase 1 - Preparing for the launches of Zephyr, the launcher developed by

Latitude

The first test launch and the first commercial launch of the Zephyr high-speed

launcher are scheduled respectively for late 2025 and 2026. Aldoria will support

Latitude during the pre-launch phases: acquiring the flight permit and analysing

trajectories to avoid any risk of collision. As for the launch, Aldoria will be responsible

for analysing the launcher's flight path to avoid any risk of mid-air collision. Finally,

Aldoria will be responsible for checking that deorbiting manoeuvres are carried out

with optimum safety.


Part 2 - Enhancing Latitude's launch activity with anti-collision capability

The number of active satellites in low-Earth orbit is expected to reach 40,000 within

the next decade, compared with nearly 9,000 today. Aldoria's orbital information

system generates independent measurements and anticipates close approaches

between space objects, enabling satellite protection.


By alerting operators in real-time, Aldoria will protect Latitude customers from all

risks arising from a collision with debris and/or a satellite. Under this agreement,

Aldoria will provide this service for 8 weeks prior to launch. In addition, thanks to

Aldoria's software and Latitude's Zephyr launcher, customers will benefit from

optimised mission definition.


This partnership will enable Latitude to expand its launch services for its customers.

" With this partnership, Latitude is serenely preparing for the launch of Zephyr, while

positioning itself on Space Situational Awareness matters. The discussions that we

held in the run-up to the partnership enabled both parties to share their respective

visions and pinpoint future challenges for the market. This is a forward-looking

partnership that anticipates future developments in the sector," says Adeline Pitrois,

Sales Director at Latitude.


"Working with Latitude on the Zephyrs launches, through our space protection offer, is

an absolute milestone. By combining our expertise in space surveillance with

Latitude's innovative lightweight launchers, we are underlining the crucial significance

of security considerations in ensuring access to space. This partnership bears witness

to the resilience and excellence of our national space industry in the wake of France's

NewSpace," said Mylène Bosio, VP of Sales and Marketing at Aldoria.

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