Australian launch services company, Gilmour Space Technologies, has announced that it will launch a dedicated rideshare mission into low earth orbit (LEO) in late 2024.
Unlike most rocket launches which host a primary customer payload, a rideshare launch comprises of many customer payloads such as cubesats, microsats and other small spacecraft.
"Called Caravan-1, this mission will provide affordable access to new space customers looking to launch into a mid-inclination orbit at the end of 2024," said Adam Gilmour, CEO and co-founder of Gilmour Space.
The venture-capital-backed company is developing Australian rockets that will deliver a variety of spacecraft into LEO; and is expecting to launch its first Eris vehicle from the Bowen Orbital Spaceport in Queensland, Australia, early next year.
"Caravan-1 will launch in 2024 on our upgraded Eris Block 2 rocket (pictured), which will have a lift capacity of one tonne or 1,000 kilograms to LEO - a significant increase in launch capability and capacity for our customers," he added.
Caravan-1 customers will also have the option of using a standard 15-inch adaptor port, and/or leveraging on Gilmour Space's modular satellite platform, called the G-Sat, for individual payloads. (Details available on request.)
"The next few years are going to be a very exciting time for the global space industry, and missions like this will allow us to support the growth of new satellite and in-orbit technologies that could benefit humanity on Earth, in space, and beyond," said Mr Gilmour.
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