Exotrail to Provide Electric Propulsion Systems for Muon Space’s Climate Constellation

Exotrail to Provide Electric Propulsion Systems for Muon Space’s Climate Constellation

Muon Space, a climate satellite company revolutionizing the way Earth is monitored from space, has selected Exotrail, the end-to-end space mobility solutions provider, to supply five of its spaceware electric propulsion systems to propel the next generation of its ESPA-class spacecraft currently in development at Muon Space’s manufacturing facility in Mountain View, California. These units are part of the next phase of Muon Space’s Climate Constellation, which will use a new generation of sensors to monitor Earth’s climate and ecosystems.

Muon Space spacecraft will use Exotrail’s high thrust spaceware- micro propulsion product to perform orbit raising and anomaly phasing, as well as orbit maintenance and collision avoidance. Exotrail’s spaceware product will additionally enable efficient spacecraft deorbiting at the end of operational life.

This mission sequence, which is becoming a standard concept of operations for operators in low Earth orbit (LEO), will leverage the full capability of the spaceware - micro propulsion system, including optimized deployment as well as sustainable use of space and respect of the national and international regulations and good practices.

Exotrail’s spaceware portfolio, with nano, micro, mini, and cluster product configurations, is a flexible, high-thrust electric Hall-effect propulsion system for satellites ranging from 10 to 1,000 kg. With its high thrust capability and modularity, spaceware drastically improves satellite deployment, increases service performance, and helps reduce space pollution.

“We are very excited to work with Exotrail for our first constellation,” said Paul Day, COO of Muon Space. “We are confident in Exotrail’s capability to deliver the modules on time and with the right level of quality for our missions. With its industrial ramp-up, we see Exotrail as a strong partner that will enable our constellation deployment.”

This is Exotrail’s sixth U.S. contract signed this year, highlighting Exotrail’s momentum in the region. It follows Exotrail’s recent announcement of the establishment of two U.S. offices – Exotrail U.S. Inc., and Exotrail U.S. Federal Inc., to address this fast-growing market.

“The Exotrail team is extremely happy and proud to be chosen by Muon Space,” said Jean-Luc Maria, Exotrail’s CEO. “Their climate monitoring mission is well aligned with Exotrail’s core values of sustainability and the virtuous use of space, as well as environmental awareness. Through this partnership, Muon Space and Exotrail are addressing two significant challenges facing humanity today: climate change and minimizing space debris!”

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013