The launch services agreement was formally signed earlier this year and is focused on a mid- 2022 launch and delivery of a 1U cubesat to its LEO destination aboard a Momentus Vigoride service vehicle.
The DISCO satellite will host a series of student experiments from across a consortium of four Danish universities and serve as a communication station for radio amateurs around the world. One of the DISCO team’s goals is to learn to use S-band frequencies for communications with the 1U satellite. This could allow subsequent DISCO satellites to send much more significant amounts of data to Earth.
“Allowing students to conduct science in orbit challenges, energizes and encourages a new generation of STEM advocates,” said Momentus Chief Revenue Officer, Dawn Harms. “We’re looking forward to helping the DISCO team achieve its mission objectives.”
“DISCO-1 will be the first in a series of hopefully many CubeSats that we will launch in the DISCO program,” said Associate Professor at Aarhus University and leader of the DISCO project, Christoffer Karoff. “We are extremely happy for the collaboration with Momentus. They have been very helpful in guiding us through the complicated process of launching a satellite.“