Momentus Completes Vibration Testing of Vigoride-7 Orbital Service Vehicle at Experior Laboratories

Momentus’ Vigoride-7 Orbital Service Vehicle undergoing vibration testing at Experior Laboratories. (Photo: Momentus)
Experior Laboratories announced that it has completed vibration testing of its Vigoride Orbital Service Vehicle scheduled to launch on the SpaceX Transporter-10 mission. The vibration testing conducted at Experior Laboratories exposed the Vigoride spacecraft to the forces and environmental factors it may experience during launch.

“Vigoride-7 will mark the fourth flight of our Orbital Service Vehicle,” said Chief Commercial Officer Chris Kinman. “On this mission, we are slated to carry seven customers that require orbital delivery services and two customers requiring hosted payload services. We also plan to carry a Momentus-hosted payload that we will use to conduct a rendezvous and proximity operations demonstration – a key capability to support our reusability and sustainability goals.”

Momentus has executed three orbital missions to date, deployed 15 customer payloads, and provided hosted payload services. The Company is currently booking rideshare and hosted payload customers on the SpaceX Transporter-11 mission targeted for no earlier than June 2024 and the SpaceX Transporter-12 mission targeted for no earlier than October 2024. Momentus provides its transportation and in-space services on either a deployer mounted directly to a Rideshare modular plate or a Vigoride Orbital Service Vehicle depending on customer mission requirements. Momentus also offers its M-1000 satellite bus for customized and dedicated flights.

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