Exotrail to deliver thrust for York cislunar mission
Exotrail is a French startup. It has intentions to provide its ExoMG. (ExoMG – cluster²) thruster to York Space Systems in 2022. This is under a contract that was agreed upon and signed in August 2021.
York Space Systems also intends to put together the thruster into its S-class satellite. This is in order to provide communications for Intuitive Machines’ lander. These landers have a schedule to travel to the lunar south pole. They will be traveling late in the year 2022.
Sébastien Duménil is the vice president for sales, marketing, and business development at Exotrail.
Sébastien Duménil mentions in a statement which is as follows –
- Exotrail executives are “more than happy and honored to have been chosen by York Space Systems” for the cislunar operation.
Exotrail makes an announcement in January 2021 that states the following –
- Exotrail’s miniature Hall-effect thruster propelled a NanoAvionics R2 CubeSat.
- The NanoAvionics CubeSat makes a launch in November 2020 on an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
- It was dependent on ExoMG to adjust its semi-major axis by 700 meters.
Exotrail is improving and producing thrusters for satellites. This is with a mass of 10 kilograms to 250 kilograms. The company also offers flight operations software. This flight operations software is known as ExoOPS.
The York Space System’s contract makes a confirmation – “ExoMG product placement. This is in order to provide mobility solutions. These solutions are for a very wide range of operations. Ranging from low Earth to geostationary orbit and beyond,” says Sébastien Duménil.