Recently, Quantum Space (Quantum) reported that their Ranger multi-operations vehicle (MOV), a modular orbital transfer vehicle (OTV), will host and precisely deliver payloads directly to GEO, cislunar space and beyond.
The Ranger MOV will extend customer’s spacecraft life, reduce program costs and enable earlier operational status by directly deploying spacecraft in their final orbit of choice. With Ranger’s final mile delivery service, spacecraft propellant can be reserved for operational use and longer mission life compared to traditional launch opportunities.
The vehicle incorporates reliable high-thrust and high-performance propulsion, modern avionics, and the necessary support systems to provide fast and routine travel to hard-to-reach orbits.
Ranger will also deploy Quantum’s Scout vehicles, which are key to the development of the company’s QuantumNet fleet aimed at providing data products and services to customers throughout cislunar space. The vehicle can carry more than 1.5 metric tons of payload directly to GEO, or over 2.5 metric tons to anywhere in cislunar space.
Each Ranger has four, 24-inch modular ports, which can support customer spacecraft from CubeSats to 500 kg smallsats. These ports can be configured to host customer payloads which benefit from a tailored suite of power and data interfaces.
As a high-performance propulsive EELV Secondary Payload Adapter system, Ranger can also boost and tune orbits for larger satellites mounted on its standard forward interface.
Quantum will soon announce additional details and mission partners for the company’s first mission to cislunar space.
“Ranger meets the critical need for affordable and precise payload delivery services beyond low Earth orbit. Providing these services for our customers will break down the barriers that limit routine travel and operations in deep space and we’re excited for the future that it will help create in cislunar space and beyond.” — Steve Jurczyk, president and CEO, Quantum Space
“We’ve specially designed Ranger to provide fast, routine, and cost-effective transportation for every size and class of payload from Geostationary Orbit, the Moon, and beyond. Our delivery services will simplify operations for customers and create new market opportunities that are limited by current transportation methods.” — Philip Bracken, chief strategy officer, Quantum Space