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Neumann Space signs contract with Space Inventor to provide greater access to space

Neumann Space announced that it has signed a contract with Space Inventor, a leading European manufacturer of microsatellites that will enable it to gain greater access to space as part of its program of in-orbit demonstration (IOD).

As part of the contract, Space Inventor will provide Neumann Space with the opportunity to integrate its next generation Neumann Drive® as an IOD payload on board a 6U EDISON Satellite scheduled for launch in the second half of 2024.

The EDISON Mission is a part of the European Space Agency’s Pioneer programme, designed to

support emerging companies seeking to provide new and innovative satellite communications

technologies and services.

The companies will collaborate to test, demonstrate, and verify ease of integration, ease of

operation and the performance of the Neumann Drive® whose unique propulsion technology uses

solid metallic propellant. Space Inventor’s new mission and payload operations will provide

Neumann Space with access to the data of the Neumann Drive® automatically, enabling it to more

rapidly analyse and assess the technology to further its commercialisation approach.

Neumann Space currently has a series of in-orbit demonstrations planned for 2023 and 2024 with its first flight scheduled for June this year, supporting its commercialisation endeavour.

Neumann Space’s CEO, Herve Astier said: “We are pleased to be working with Space Inventor, our

first official European partner, and to be on board their high-performance satellite platform as part

of the EDISON Mission. It is also our first mission under the European Space Agency umbrella. Our

program of in-orbit demonstrations is growing in both size and breadth, with a broad range of

Australian and International satellite manufacturers now collaborating with us to test and refine the

Neumann Drive’s performance as we together seek to deliver better mobility in space.

Karl Kaas, CEO of Space Inventor, said: “I am excited that we will host Neumann Space’s propulsion

system on our EDISON satellite. When I first met the Neumann team at the SmallSat conference in

2022, their choice of technology and deep technical knowledge convinced me that this company and its people would succeed - succeed in turning the science into a product and succeed in bringing the product to a market starving for a reliable thruster for small satellites.”


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