RBC Signals has been engaged by Momentus for satellite communication (SATCOM) services — this agreement calls for Momentus to use assets within the RBC Signals global ground station network for SATCOM services in support of a series of upcoming Momentus missions that are scheduled to start in 2021.
Momentus is a Space Transportation and Space Logistics company employing new and proprietary technologies, including water plasma propulsion, to enable “revolutionary” low-cost orbital shuttle and charter services. The core of Momentus’ business is Vigoride, a transfer vehicle delivering smallsats to custom orbits in LEO.
The 2021 missions that RBC Signals will support are important for multiple companies and researchers whose satellites will be delivered to orbit on larger rockets via ridesharing. RBC Signals’ support and technology will help power Momentus’ value proposition of transporting these smallsats to a final intended orbit in an extremely cost-efficient manner.
Momentus will be able to schedule access to RBC Signals’ network ground stations seamlessly through ROSS, which is RBC Signals’ intuitive API-based interface for scheduling antenna time.
“Momentus is innovating the transportation of satellites in space and our team is thrilled to support several of their future missions,” said Christopher Richins, CEO of RBC Signals. “With nearly 80 antennas in over 50 locations across the globe, the RBC Signals network has the flexibility to serve Momentus missions and the game-changing delivery services they provide.”
“Momentus is excited to be working with RBC Signals as our ground solution provider for our Vigoride services starting in 2021,” added Rob Schwarz, CTO with Momentus. “RBC Signals is a great fit for us because they offer outstanding value and simplicity of integration. Their global infrastructure provides access to an extensive and diverse suite of ground terminal locations and capabilities, supporting Momentus’ mix of transportation and Satellite as a Service offerings. Ultimately this allows us to tailor the mission solution for our customers easily, allowing us to better serve their needs.”