Satellite acceleration company Benchmark Space Systems reported a deal on Aug. 5 supply non-toxic chemical fuel for the next-generation orbital fuel tanker for rideshare company Spaceflight Inc., Sherpa-NG. At the same time, Vermont-based Benchmark Burlington announced a permanent licensing agreement with the California-based propulsion company Tesseract Space. Under the provisions of the deal, the Vermont-based Benchmark would combine Tesseract’s trade secrets, assets, and personnel to forward the goal of supplying the regional satellite communications market with non-toxic chemicals propulsions.
Benchmark’s executive vice president told SpaceNews Chris Carella that the collaboration with Tesseract would let Benchmark deliver different non-toxic satellite propulsion systems varying in price between one-unit cubesats to Sherpa-NG from Spaceflight. He also said that he hoped people would realize they could still operate with one partner and obtain the appropriate green propulsion remedy for each mission.
Ryan McDevitt, CEO of Benchmark said that Benchmark raised upwards of $3 million in an investment campaign concluded in May, after closing the deal with Tesseract. With the new funding drive, Benchmark will increase its 21-man team.
For perhaps the first time, later this year, Benchmark aims to demonstrate its spacefaring civilization in flight. The firm’s Starling hot-gas thruster slated to commence from Vandenberg airbase in October on such a cubesat ride on the test flight of Firefly Aerospace ‘s Alpha spacecraft. Benchmark’s Halcyon elevated-test peroxide rocket projected to reach orbit in December for the first time. Founded in 2017, Benchmark aims to help rideshare aircraft people visit and keep their preferred orbits. Additionally, Benchmark’s main engines could even support satellites relocate out of the realm after their missions.
McDevitt said that one of the core tenets would be to help individuals become accountable actors in the space. One distinct advantage of Benchmark propellers is a platform that provides customers to start uncrewed fuel that heated into orbit. He also added that they had been the only ones who use that specific method, and it has a significant impact mostly on agnostic launch.
Tesseract co-founder Erik Franks joins the leadership team at Benchmark. He said that the demand for Rideshare and [orbital transfer vehicles] is a significant catalyst for the development of the propulsion industry.
In conclusion, SpaceX and Arianespace announced its intention for devoted, comparatively tiny satellite launches at the 2019 Small Satellite Conference. By building substantial investment in infrastructure and rudders to produce space vehicles to their ultimate destinations, that news has started to change the space launch propeller market.