Exolaunch, a launch service provider based at Germany, has witnessed strong demand for the separation system of microsatellite, CarboNIX. It qualified during rideshare mission of Soyuz on July 5. Out of the 32 small-sized satellites traveling to the orbit with the weather satellite of Russia called Meteor M2-2, Exolaunch has already integrated 28.
Earlier, Exolaunch depended on its personal EXOpod deployer of cubesats and EXObox sequencer of cubesat. But it bought separation systems from different companies. Till date, Exolaunch has performed integration of 84 microsatellites on rideshare.
With the previous experience, the company has designed a separation system that will be shock-free for microsatellites that weigh 15-150 kilograms, as per Connor Jonas, who is a project manager at Exolaunch. He has also said that this system being shock-free will reduce the risk of sensitive electronics getting damaged as well as any fragile optical instruments becoming misaligned.
Exolaunch has plans of relying on CarboNIX when it comes to its own customers of rideshare. Elaborating on email, Jonas said that possessing their own system of microsatellite separation would give them control over lead times as well as production, thus reducing any delay risk. Exolaunch already produces CarboNIX within their organization. Hence, it is possible for the company to accept satellites needed for clusters of rideshare having proximity to launch date.
Apart from the employment of CarboNIX to own flights, the company will sell the separation systems to other providers of launch service. According to Jonas, they have received a lot of interest for CarboNIX from manufactures of microsatellite based in Europe, Asia and North America. In fact, they already had several pre-orders even before the qualification of the flight. Currently, they are equipped enough to start delivering their customers with the units.
CarboNIX has been designed and manufactured by Exolaunch, in Germany. Hence, it is not under very strict export regulations which can hamper or delay purchases.