May, 2024

PLD Space and Exolaunch join forces to expand commercial access to space

Image: © PLD Space & Exolaunch

  • The companies have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement to provide end-to-end European launch services for small satellites

  • Exolaunch will expand its launch vehicle portfolio with the addition of PLD Space’s MIURA 5

  • PLD Space will enhance the MIURA 5 satellite deployment capabilities with the Exolaunch product line, including the CarboNIX and EXOpod/EXOpod Nova separation systems

Mallorca, Spain — May 28, 2024 — PLD Space and Exolaunch today announced their joint mission of expanding European access to commercial space opportunities, with the two companies signing a Strategic Partnership Agreement to provide competitive and sustainable end-to-end launch services for small satellites.

PLD Space, the pioneering Spanish space launch company, and Exolaunch, a global leader in launch mission integration and deployment technologies, share the same vision of ensuring reliable access to space for small satellites. At the 4S Symposium held in Mallorca this week, Pablo Gallego, VP of Sales & Customers of PLD Space, and Jeanne Allarie, Chief Commercial Officer at Exolaunch, penned this agreement to obtain Exolaunch launch capacity on PLD Space’s MIURA 5 launcher and to provide deployment, mission management, and integration services on future missions.

“We’re delighted to elevate our relationship with Exolaunch to new heights, a company with a strong track record in the industry”, said the CBDO and co-founder of PLD Space, Raúl Verdú. “This partnership will allow both of us to acquire new business opportunities and extend access to space for small satellite through our MIURA 5 launcher and Exolaunch's deployment systems.”

Image: © PLD Space & Exolaunch

The agreement solidifies Exolaunch’s intention to utilize launch capacity and integrate its customers’ satellites with PLD Space’s MIURA 5. This orbital launch vehicle is optimized to enable both dedicated missions and rideshare options, while minimizing the usual complexities and risks linked to launches via medium or heavy lift launch vehicles. Designed to place up to 540 kg of mass into sun-synchronous orbit (SSO), the MIURA 5 is set to offer a highly flexible service with 30 missions per year. MIURA 5’s first flight is currently scheduled for the end of 2025.

"We are thrilled to partner with PLD Space and leverage their cutting-edge MIURA 5 launch vehicle to further our collective mission of providing seamless and reliable access to space for small satellites,” remarked Jeanne Allarie, Chief Commercial Officer at Exolaunch. “This strategic collaboration combines our expertise in deployment technologies and mission management with PLD Space's innovative launch capabilities, enabling us to offer an unparalleled service to our customers. Together, we are committed to addressing the growing demand for small satellite launches, advancing Europe’s position in the global space industry, and pushing the boundaries of space exploration."

Under this partnership, PLD Space will enhance the MIURA 5 satellite deployment capabilities with Exolaunch’s flight-proven, industry-leading product line such as the CarboNIX ring-based separation system, the EXOpod and EXOpod Nova containerized deployment systems, and potentially the EXOtube universal modular adapter for rideshare missions which is currently in final stages of development.

In addition, the companies intend to mutually identify strategic future business prospects based on MIURA 5 to serve the increasing launch service demand for small satellites.

"This agreement strengthens PLD Space's leadership in offering a premium service for small satellites,” stated Pablo Gallego, VP of Sales & Customers of PLD Space. “The partnership with Exolaunch empowers our value proposition to customers in providing a reliable, customised, and high-frequency service.”

About PLD Space

PLD Space is a pioneering Spanish aerospace company and a benchmark reference in Europe for developing reusable rockets. With a solid reputation and steadfast commitment, the company has produced MIURA launcher family. These innovations position Spain among the select few nations capable of successfully deploying small satellites into space.

PLD Space was founded in 2011 by Raúl Torres and Raúl Verdú with the aim of facilitating access to space. The company, based in Elche (Alicante) and with technical facilities in Teruel, Huelva and French Guiana, has a team of more than 190 professionals.

For further information, please contact:

Maria Climent, PLD Space Comms Manager

E-mail: [email protected]

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About Exolaunch

Exolaunch (Germany, USA) is a global leader in launch mission integration and deployment technologies. With a decade of flight heritage and over 390 satellites launched across 28 missions to date, Exolaunch leverages industry insight to tailor turnkey solutions that meet customer needs and respond to market trends. Exolaunch fulfills launch contracts for industry leaders, the world's most innovative start-ups, research institutions, government organizations, and international space agencies. The company develops and manufactures its own flight-proven and industry-leading small satellite separation systems, with the fastest-growing heritage on the market. Exolaunch promotes safe, sustainable, and responsible use of space and is committed to making space accessible for all.

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