E-Space to launch demonstration satellites in Q2 with Rocket Lab
(21 Mar 2022) E-Space announced it will launch its first demonstration satellites in the second quarter of 2022 to validate the systems and technology for its sustainable satellite system. Three demonstration satellites, designed and built in-house by E-Space, will launch aboard Rocket Lab's Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Māhia Peninsula.
E-Space aims to reduce the launch requirements for a full constellation to months instead of years, decreasing the time it takes to scale, replenish and deliver a full system. This launch is the first step in validating the technology behind E-Space's network of secure communication satellites. E-Space said its system will allow governments and companies to own private satellite constellations that can dynamically scale their capabilities, with applications ranging from secure communications to managing remote infrastructure, while maintaining an unprecedented level of security, flexibility and resiliency.
The satellites have small cross-sections to decrease the risk of collision from the millions of untrackable space objects and will automatically de-orbit if any systems malfunction. Eventually, the satellites will sacrificially capture and deorbit small debris to burn up on re-entry.
Following a successful launch and commissioning of the demonstration satellites, E-Space expects to have one more test launch before its first commercial satellites are deployed.