Rogue Space Systems, creator of Orbots, autonomous AI robots, that provide in-space infrastructure and services, has successfully integrated their “Barry” (Barry-1) spacecraft into its deployer with partner Exolaunch — Barry-1 is now ready for transport to Vandenberg Space Force Base where it will be flying on the SpaceX Transporter-9 mission NET October 2023.
The completion of this integration marks the final steps for Rogue’s inaugural launch, gaining the company space heritage. The “Barry” spacecraft will test Rogue’s novel Scalable Compute Platform (SCP) and its ability to aggregate data from multiple sensors and process that data in real time. Rogue will also be testing a number of both internal and customer developed algorithms.
Also, on Barry-1, Rogue has some interesting customer hardware payloads. The Rogue team will be testing two, IVO Quantum Drives, propellant-less propulsion systems which, if successful (according to Rogue’s CRO Brent Abbott), “would revolutionize the space industry.” Rogue was contracted by IVO to ensure thorough in-space testing and validation.
As a first in a series of demonstrations and testing for their customers, Rogue has included “Massless Payload Hostings” on Barry-1. The team at Rogue has an additional hosting that will be announced once the smallsat has completed initial commissioning. In the past 18 months, Rogue has successfully delivered 14 SpaceWERX and AFWERX SBIR/STTR contracts, valued at more than $3.25 million.
“We are embarking on the in-space demonstration of Rogue’s novel technology. These technologies were developed contracts awarded through the SpaceWERX Orbital Prime Program.. Rogue has rapidly advanced multiple, essential technologies and is now achieving space heritage. This is the definitive milestone for any space startup. None of it would have been possible if not for our brilliant and driven team here at Rogue who overcame so many challenges to get here. Watching the team thrive in the face of those challenges was a genuinely humble experience. We look forward to Barry-1 in space, this is their moment. These guys have earned it.” — Jeromy Grimmett, Founder and CEO, Rogue