Momentus and LunaSonde have partnered with a launch service agreement to fly a demo cubesat (Gossamer) to SSO orbit in Q1 2021, with further options to fly a constellation of 3U cubesats to SSO in the future.
LunaSonde’s vision is to fundamentally change the way Earth and the planet’s resources are viewed. The company pioneered a technology that allows smallsats to essentially take an MRI scan of planet Earth. This technology combined with advanced algorithms enables direct imaging to identify valuable underground resources such as water, petroleum, and mineral deposits.
Momentus is a Space Transportation and Space Logistics company and a graduate of the prestigious Y Combinator program based in Silicon Valley. Momentus employs new and proprietary technologies, including water plasma propulsion to enable revolutionary low-cost orbital shuttle and charter services. Momentus has already demonstrated its core technology in space and is currently preparing for its next two customer test missions starting later this year.
“We are thrilled to partner with Momentus for this mission,” said Jeremiah Pate, CEO and Founder of LunaSonde. “Momentus shares our vision of the unique opportunities space holds and the benefits it can offer society.”
Prior to founding LunaSonde, Pate worked on several research projects outside of the space sector, drawing international recognition for reversing Parkinson’s Disease in a laboratory setting twice. He developed and patented AMELIA, a machine learning-based aircraft safety system, and led a team who successfully created a low-cost fusion reactor to generate medical isotopes. Asteroid 34104 Jeremiah Pate was named in honor of Pate’s research.
“We are honored to have been selected as a partner for orbital placement of the Gossamer mission,” said Mikhail Kokorich, CEO of Momentus. “We share a goal with LunaSonde of providing revolutionary technology to benefit both Earth and Space.”