Exolaunch Successfully Deploys 32 Satellites on SpaceX's Transporter-8 Rideshare Mission

Exolaunch Successfully Deploys 32 Satellites on SpaceX's Transporter-8 Rideshare Mission

Exolaunch, one of the leading global providers of mission management and integration services, in-space logistics, and deployment technologies has successfully deployed 32 satellites on SpaceX's Transporter-8 dedicated rideshare mission, bringing its record to a total of 323 satellites launched. 

The rideshare mission lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 on June 12, 2023, from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA. The success of Transporter-8 marks a significant milestone in the Company's flight heritage, which now surpasses 300 launched satellites deployed to orbit.

On its fourth mission this year, Exolaunch manifested a roster of 11 international customers, headlining long-standing customers Spire, ICEYE, Satellogic, Kongsberg NanoAvionics, Satlantis, Swarm Technologies, and TU Stuttgart. In addition, the Company is very pleased to welcome new customers Aerospacelab, Muon Space, Turion Space, and Azista BST Aerospace

Exolaunch's manifest on Transporter-8 features satellites intended for a diverse range of applications, including Earth observation, methane emissions monitoring, scientific experiments, and more in a showcase of the Transporter program's broad appeal in the NewSpace sector.

Transporter-8 marks a turning point in Falcon 9 rideshare missions as the first launch to utilize SpaceX's modular Rideshare Plates to accommodate the payloads. Under its ongoing Multi-Launch Agreements with SpaceX, Exolaunch provided its proprietary EXOpod / EXOpod Nova deployers and CarboNIX separation systems as well as end-to-end mission management for the customers manifested on the new Rideshare Plates. In addition, the Company also provided Satellogic with deployment hardware, integration, and deployment services.

Exolaunch leveraged its expertise from a dozen missions with SpaceX to execute seamless integrations for its customers with Falcon 9 and achieve flawless separations of all 12 microsatellites and 20 CubeSats into their target orbit. The success of Transporter-8 is a defining moment for the Company's flight heritage, bolstering its position as a trusted mission management and integration services provider and one of the first with flight-proven hardware on Rideshare Plates.

This achievement comes on the heels of a series of record-breaking missions executed by Exolaunch earlier this year. In April, the Company marked a historic industry first by deploying the first 16U smallsat in GEO, shortly after breaking its internal record for the largest manifest with the Transporter-6 mission in January.

“Our whole team is incredibly proud to celebrate the achievement of launching our 300th satellite on Transporter-8! We are very grateful for our customers' continued trust and for the confidence the industry places in our systems and capabilities,” said Jeanne Allarie, VP Launch at Exolaunch. “We look forward to making space ever more accessible and execute even larger missions.”

The pacing of Exolaunch missions continues to accelerate, having already outstripped the number of missions and satellites launched in 2022 in half the time. The Company has augmented its capabilities to match a surge in demand for its products and services, including moving into brand new facilities in Berlin and growing its teams in Germany and the US.

An infographic of the Exolaunch‘s Transporter-8 mission.



LEMUR 2 NAZIYAH, LEMUR 2 AADAM-ALIYAH and LEMUR-2 EMBRIONOVIS were deployed using EXOpod and EXOpod Nova deployers for Spire, a long-standing customer and a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services delivered by one of the largest multipurpose satellite constellations in the world.


Four satellites with a SAR payload were deployed using CarboNIX microsatellite separation systems for ICEYE, a long-running and valued customer. ICEYE delivers unmatched persistent monitoring capabilities for any location on earth. Owning the world's largest synthetic-aperture radar constellation, the company enables objective, data-driven decisions for its customers in sectors such as insurance, natural catastrophe response and recovery, security, maritime monitoring, and finance. ICEYE's data can be collected day or night, and even through cloud cover.


Satellogic's NewSat-40 through NewSat-43 were deployed using CarboNIX separation systems following launch aboard Spacex's Transporter-8 mission. Satellogic is a leader in sub-meter resolution Earth Observation (EO) data collection. The company designs, manufactures, and operates its own constellation of EO satellites. This mission deployed four additional NewSat Mark V satellites to the constellation, bringing the total number of spacecraft to 38 operational satellites.


AYRIS-1, AYRIS-2 and All-DELTA were deployed using EXOpod Nova deployers for esteemed returning customer Kongsberg NanoAvionics. These satellites will perform a host of missions for Kongsberg NanoAvionics' customers, including Radio Spectrum Monitoring using cutting-edge Software Radio payloads. Kongsberg NanoAvionics is a nanosatellite bus manufacturer, and mission integrator with end-to-end solutions ranging from constellations to single missions.


SpaceBEE 168 through 179 were deployed using an EXOpod Nova deployer for Swarm Technologies, a SpaceX company, and a returning customer. Swarm Technologies manufactures the world's smallest satellites, which operate in a constellation spread out like strings of pearls into a series of distributed sun-synchronous orbital planes. This configuration allows the satellites to provide reliable global network coverage.


EIVE was deployed using an EXOpod Nova deployer for the University of Stuttgart. EIVE hosts experimental transmitter and solar cell payloads that it will use to investigate transmission conditions in orbit and demonstrate the technology's frequency modulation capabilities. The University of Stuttgart's Institute of Space Systems is one of the largest in Europe and offers a wide range of teaching and research in numerous exciting topics in space technology and space applications. EIVE was produced in a consortium, with the Institute responsible for the design, integration, and testing of the satellite bus, as well as the operation of the satellite.


Grégoire was deployed using a CarboNIX separation system for Aerospacelab, a brand-new customer and fellow partner in the CASSINI Business Accelerator and YEESS. Founded in 2018, Aerospacelab is a fast-growing company specialized in designing, manufacturing and operating small satellite systems. Thanks to its versatile satellite platform, Aerospacelab provides international stakeholders with an access to space and geospatial intelligence, offering proprietary high-resolution satellite data and therefore facilitating improved decision-making based on information supported by reliable evidence. With a unique vertically integrated approach, the company is paving the road to an optimized and cost-efficient way to space. Headquartered in Mont-Saint-Guibert (Belgium), Aerospacelab has also offices in Switzerland and France with an overall headcount of over 200 employees.


MuSat-1 was deployed using a CarboNIX separation system for Muon Space, a new customer. MuSat-1 is a software-defined satellite optimized for remote sensing with powerful data bandwidth, flexible interfaces, and a tightly integrated software stack. The satellite is designed to prove the Muon Space core technology stack that will serve as the backbone for its Constellation One network of small satellites. Founded in 2021, Muon Space is launching a new generation of sensors that monitor Earth's climate and ecosystems with unprecedented fidelity. From detecting and tracking wildfires and tsunamis to understanding global emissions, constellation scale sensing enables humanity to tackle global challenges.


DROID.001 was deployed using a CarboNIX separation system for Turion Space, a new start-up customer. DROID.001 is the first DROID satellite launched to provide Space Situational Awareness for Turion Space's customers. Turion Space builds spacecraft to remove orbital debris and provide orbit modification, inspection, and domain-awareness services to existing space assets. Turion Space believes the space debris problem must be solved to ensure a sustainable LEO economy and that it is the first technological step towards Asteroid resource extraction.


AFR-1 was deployed using a CarboNIX separation system for Azista BST Aerospace, a new and deeply international customer. AFR-1 is an in-orbit demonstrator for Azista BST Aerospace's planned mass-production microsatellite platform. Azista BST Aerospace (ABA) is an Indo-German Joint Venture with the vision of being the mass manufacturer of small satellites and a provider for mega-constellations. The Joint Venture enables the mastery of German heritage and design with Indian innovations and manufacturing prowess. ABA presently hosts the largest private satellite manufacturing facility in Asia.


GEI-SAT was deployed using an EXOpod Nova deployer for Satlantis, a returning customer. GEI-SAT features a high-resolution Earth observation payload to perform atmospheric CH4 measurements with high spatio-temporal resolution and simultaneous geolocation of source emitters, to be used for the monitorization and quantification of methane emissions in the Oil&Gas industry. SATLANTIS designs and manufactures Earth & Universe Observation payloads for Small Satellites, the core of a unique set of electro-optical technologies. The company provides user-driven end-to-end small satellite solutions for diverse applications, including greenhouse gas detection, defense and intelligence, land monitoring, and much more.

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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