MaiaSpace Gains Momentum with its Reusable Mini-Launcher

MaiaSpace Gains Momentum with its Reusable Mini-Launcher

As the fall season arrives, MaiaSpace looks back on key milestones reached during this past summer. On July 26, 2023, the team at MaiaSpace successfully performed a cryogenic filling test of its full-scale Upper Stage qualification model. The test took place at ArianeGroup’s test facilities in Vernon. This second stage has been designed, built, and integrated in-house by MaiaSpace in less than a year. 

More cryogenic filling tests are scheduled in September and the manufacturing of a second prototype of the Upper Stage has started, with hot firing tests targeted in 2024. Further cryogenic filling tests are slated for September, and the production of a second prototype for the Upper Stage is already underway, with plans for hot firing tests scheduled in 2024. 

In parallel, MaiaSpace has prepared several tests on key sub-systems of its optional kick-stage, “Colibri”. This includes engines, tanks, structures, valves, and the attitude control system. Colibri enables an increase in the launcher’s performance and provides additional flexibility for delivering payloads into specific orbits. Combined with a 3.5-meter fairing, Colibri is particularly suited for constellations. The first major system ground tests on Colibri are targeted in the final quarter of 2023.

“These key milestones add new bricks to the first European reusable and configurable mini-launcher that we are designing, with all main sub-systems already engaged”, explained Yohann Leroy, CEO of MaiaSpace. “This confirms the relevance of our pragmatic approach to leveraging key technologies currently in development in Europe, for which we position ourselves as customers, and to help prepare the future family of European launchers”.

MaiaSpace is developing a two-stage mini-launcher able to place 1 500 kg in SSO in the expendable version, and 500 kg in SSO in the reusable version. It will leverage the Prometheus engine developed by ArianeGroup on behalf of the European Space Agency, a cost-effective and eco-responsible solution for propulsion, fueled by liquid Bio-Methane and liquid Oxygen. In addition, the design of MaiaSpace’s reusable first stage will be derived from the Themis reusable lower-stage demonstrator, also developed by ArianeGroup on behalf of the European Space Agency.

Sixteen months after its creation, MaiaSpace now has 100 employees coming from diverse professional backgrounds and 10 different nationalities. MaiaSpace continues to grow at an incredible pace, targeting a first orbital flight at the end of 2025, and the start of commercial exploitation in 2026.

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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