With its expansion into the UK space market already underway, TriSept is building a multiple spacecraft manifest for a dedicated rideshare mission aboard the reusable Orbex Prime smallsat launcher. TriSept is a long-time go-to launch integration provider in the U.S. space market, enabling the launch of more than 200 satellites on 70 different missions aboard 20 different launch vehicles from 13 launch sites across the globe
TriSept announced last month it will have a full-time presence at the Harwell Space Campus in Oxford, England, starting this year. Designed and developed by UK-based Orbex, the Orbex Prime launch vehicle offers a payload capacity of 150 kg. to SSO, ideally suited for a broad range of commercial, government and scientific missions lifting off from Europe.
In December of 2019, Orbex revealed the advanced engineering techniques and materials that it is using at its factory in Forres, Scotland, to create the next generation of renewable-fueled European launch vehicles.The Orbex Prime, which is as much as 30 percent lighter than other small launch vehicles, uses bio-propane, a clean-burning, renewable fuel that cuts carbon emissions by 90 percent compared to traditional hydrocarbon fuels.
TriSept helped shape the very rideshare and smallsat missions it supports today with one of the space industry’s most experienced launch integration teams. TriSept played a lead role in early rideshare innovations aboard the SpaceX Falcon 1 in 2009 and, most recently, the Rocket Lab Electron and the NASA ELaNa XIX mission that lifted 10 cubesats into orbit in December 2018.
Recently selected to continue providing launch integration and management support of NASA’s cubesat missions through 2025, TriSept is working with all of the leading traditional and new space satellite manufacturers and launch vehicle providers.
With $40 million in project financing, Orbex is focused on bringing new innovations and efficiencies to the micro-launcher industry in order to offer faster, better and less expensiv e access to space from Europe. In December, Orbex’s disruptive potential was recognized when the company was included in the 2019 Sunday Times Fast Track Disruptors to Watch: 10 Companies Changing The World. The accolade was based on research across a cross-section of UK industries that examined factors such as business model, management team, investor credibility and total funds raised. Orbex is the only manufacturer to be included in the shortlist.
Rob Spicer, TriSept President and CEO, said the company is honored to add Orbex Prime to the firm’s growing launch portfolio, as TriSept expands into the European space market and prepare sto fill an exciting and diverse manifest aboard one of the most innovative and efficient launch vehicles in the world. TriSept is already deep in discussions with spacecraft developers and a broad range of upcoming missions about securing rideshare slots aboard the Orbex rocket, which we expect will carry a complement of eight to 20 smallsats into orbit in 2022.”
Chris Larmour, Orbex CEO, added that this exciting mission with the company’s first U.S. customer entering the European market will be a major milestone for the Orbex Prime launcher. By bringing together Europe’s leading private launch services company and the launch integration and management leadership of TriSept, this is surely a mission to watch as the UK’s first spaceport emerges onto the global stage.