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Exotrail Completes In-Orbit Demonstration Mission

By | January 15, 2021

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Exotrail had a successful first cubesat mission equipped with ExoMG Hall-effect electric propulsion technology, the company reported Jan. 12. The company completed an in-orbit demonstration mission launched to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) on Nov. 7 last year, onboard a Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV rocket. Exotrail nominally ignited its ExoMG electric propulsion system on the first attempt.

This marks a major milestone for Exotrail, allowing the company to validate its ExoMG product in space, which is dedicated to satellites ranging from 10 to 250 kilograms. Exotrail’s ExoMG electric propulsion system is being operated with ExoOPS, Exotrail’s operation software, so the company simultaneously validated two products during the in-orbit demonstration.

Exotrail Cofounder and CEO David Henri commented: “Everything worked better than anticipated. Some customers already told us we made history with that mission! Beyond these nice words — a true recognition of the hard work performed by all Exotrail team — it makes our strategy a reality: to operate a high-thrust and flexible electric propulsion system seamlessly with our operations software.”