The French Space Agency, CNES, has selected Exotrail to complete a research and technology study to optimize the operations of mega constellations.
The study will focus on MEO and LEO, where thousands of satellites are soon expected to be operational and propelled by electric propulsion. The study will determine the best operational procedures to implement in mega constellation’s flight dynamic system, including station keeping and collision avoidance – two critical operations.
Ultimately, Exotrail will design and build algorithms able to optimize and automate mega constellation operations, improving efficiency and reducing human error.
Sébastien Duménil, Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We are very proud to have been selected by CNES for this mega constellation operations optimization study. Exotrail’s experts will leverage our core capabilities in flight dynamics and electric propulsion, key building blocks of our ExoOPS software suite, dedicated to mission simulation and constellation operations.”
Exotrail is a French-based space company that designs, develops, and operates end-to-end mobility solutions for an agile space. Our mission is to enable smallsats to move in space, optimize their deployment, increase their performance, and reduce space pollution. Thanks to this, a new world of telecommunication, earth observation and space exploration will arise. Our mobility solutions address the entire space value chain: highly flexible high-thrust propulsion systems for small satellites (ExoMG), mission simulation and operations software (ExoOPS), and In-Orbit Services (SpaceVan). Exotrail was incorporated in 2017 and has since raised over €20M from prestigious venture capital funds and public grants. Our team consists of over 55 people who are passionate about disrupting the space industry. We operate out of two locations: Toulouse and Massy (suburb of Paris) in France.